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Ladies spring fete to be held at Leeds Bangladeshi Centre to raise money for Afghanistan

A spring fete to raise money for children in Afghanistan is going ahead this weekend.

The Bangladesh Centre in Roundhay is hosting a spring fete and belated Eid party for women on Saturday.

The Sister’s Eid Party will be raising money for children in Afghanistan through Ummah Welfare Trust’s crisis appeal.

Muslims around the world celebrated Eid-al-Fitr at the beginning of the month, marking the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting, introspection, reflection, and a chance of getting closer to God through repenting and prayer.

Henna will also be available at the party. Image: Gervyn Louis.

The fundraising party is being organised by Parveen Miah who is a part of Sadaqah Events, a non-profit organisation helping raise funds, through community events, for where it’s needed the most.

The Afghanistan Crisis Appeal fund was selected as the recipient of the donations as many children are at risk of ill health, starvation and death.

By June, the UN Development Program estimates that 97% of the population in Afghanistan will plunge into poverty with around one million children under the age of five at risk of dying due to the country’s food crisis and lack of water and sanitation services, according to UNICEF.

Mrs Miah said: “The party on Saturday is a fundraiser for children in Afghanistan and a belated Eid party for women. All of the stalls we are running will have a 100% donation policy. The stalls that are being hired out will also contribute to the cause.

“There will be a BBQ outside where people will be able to buy burgers, hot dogs, and wings which is run by the men but any women wanting food, will go through me, my sister-in-law and one of the wives of the men who will be cooking the food.

The Eid party will have stalls for adults and children.

“In the past, we’ve done it before for other causes. There are a few people from Bradford who are regular stallholders at our events. Before the pandemic, we held a fundraiser for the people in Myanmar, people in Syria, and the men will be climbing Mount Snowden to raise money for Palestine next month. We donate to wherever needs the money the most.”

The mum-of-three added: “For me, I strongly believe it is not just about raising money for different causes but bringing awareness and bringing communities together. We find that there is a massive divide in our community, and we want to fix that. With Covid-19 and Eid, it has been none stop so this party will be an opportunity to catch up with friends and relax for a little bit.

“My daughter is in nursery, and I have invited a lot of her friend’s mothers to the event so that we can mingle outside of the school environment.”

The fete will include henna, face painting, an activities table for children, a clothes stall, a jewellery and accessories table, a toy stall, candyfloss, a chocolate fountain, and a sweets stall will be available.

The Sister’s Eid Party is on Sunday 22 May from 12pm to 5pm in the Bangladesh Centre, Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 5AN.

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