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Dance your socks off at Bhangrathon!
If you love Bhangra, then this is your chance to dance your socks off all in the name of two very good causes!
Suniya Qureshi, campaign ambassador for the Hashoo Foundation’s 500 for 500 Appeal and Executive Director of the British Pakistan Foundation is organising the charity fundraiser on 31st March to help raise money for both of these very important causes.
The event offers families an evening of unadulterated bhangra music and giddha dancing, with a special PA by star of the Channel 4 series The Family, Jeet Grewal, who will perform his hit recent hit track ‘Vilayati Jugni’ from his brand new album. The Bhangrathon will take place at Shiraz Mirza Trust, Manor Park Hall in New Malden on Saturday 31 March. Tickets, which include kebab and soft drinks are £25 each.
All profits from the event will be shared between The 500 for 500 Appeal and British Pakistan Foundation.
The Hashoo Foundation’s 500 for 500 Appeal aims to invite and engage 500 women from the UK to join hands with 500 women in the Northern areas of Pakistan, through the Foundation’s award-winning Plan Bee project.
The British Pakistan Foundation is dedicated to improving the social and economic condition of the people of Pakistan.
The organisation aims to encourage and support philanthropy amongst the British Pakistani community, and to collectively use its intellectual capital to improve and change Pakistan forever.
Suniya Qureshi, the driving force behind the charity Bhangrathon says: “This is a small but fun way of engaging the community and increasing awareness of the valuable work that both Hashoo Foundation and BPF do in Pakistan.
"As a campaign ambassador for the 500 for 500 Appeal, I love the idea that every £250 we raise actually helps one woman and her family directly. It is quantifiable, and I have met some of the women who have directly benefitted from these donations – it really puts our lives into perspective.”
Plan Bee, which won the BBC World Challenge in 2008, is Hashoo’s innovative project that provides women in the Northern region of Pakistan with the opportunity to become beekeepers.
It is based on a system of social barter, designed to promote social change, whereby Hashoo Foundation agrees to provide hives, training and then to link them to the lucrative markets to sell their honey in Pakistan, provided that the families agree to send their children to quality schools, have regular health check-ups and improve nutrition at home.
She adds: “I am a great Bhangra fan, and it is true that music really unites communities. I love the idea of dancing all night to some great artists, whilst at the same time knowing it is all for two great causes.
"I have been amazed and delighted by the number of different fund-raising initiatives that are being developed by women in the UK to help empower these women in the remotest areas of Pakistan.”
Tickets are available through www.chilltickets.com