We were delighted with the response to our first regional fundraising gala – hosted by North West Friends of Apasen International at the Eastern Pavilion Banqueting Hall, Oldham in September.
More than 200 people turned up to show their support by buying tickets for the gala dinner, making donations on the night, and participating in a charity art auction. The audience also enjoyed the evening’s entertainment by professional Bengali singers, Alaur Rahman and Gauri Choudhury.
Special Guests – Angela Rayner and Jim McMahon MPs
Special guests included Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary for Education, and a former care worker herself who spoke passionately about the need to help children with learning disabilities in Bangladesh.
We were pleased to welcome the dedicated Jim McMahon MP for Oldham West and Royston who was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his ‘services to the community of Oldham’.
Both recognised the value and contribution of Oldham’s dynamic British Bangladeshi communities and the incredible amount of fundraising that they do for good causes both in the UK and in Sylhet.
Funds raised for local community day care centres
In total, more than £6,000 was collected in donations and pledges on the night which will go towards Apasen International’s work in Bangladesh. One of our main projects is establishing new local day care centres for vulnerable children with moderate to severe learning disabilities so they can receive the specialist education and healthcare they need to reach their full potential. Poor families also receive respite and support from the pressures of caring full time for a severely disabled child.
To support this project, or find out more, please click here. It costs just £25 per week to provide a special child with access to day care facilities in Bangladesh.