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MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE turned up and donated money at Cambourne Indian Club’s (CIC) Kerala Flood Relief Fundraising Event held at Papworth Village Hall on Sunday, 9th September. The four hour event started with a one minute silence, remembering the Kerala flood relief victims and their families.
Heavy monsoon rain and flooding in Kerala, the southern state of India, had stranded thousands of people in the Flood relief camps and killed more 400 hundred people, it was the worst flooding the state had observed in 100 years.
CIC, alongside other local groups including CamCareUK, CIC, Cam Spice, Indradhanush, Nutrition2wellness, ICS - Cambridge, Cam Harmony and CCS, raised a total of £1625 from all fund raising initiatives including this event, a cake sale and an Indian stall at Cambourne Fete . The cash was transferred to Kerala Chief Minister’s Distaster Relief Fund.
Mathew Sam, representing Cambourne Indian Club, inaugurated the fundraising event in Papworth at 12:30 pm. He delivered an excellent speech, welcoming guests who came over from different places.
Chief guest, Mark Howell, Councillor from South Cambridgeshire County Council, presided over the event and delivered a speech about the flood crisis in Kerala. He came along with his wife to express solidarity to the flood victims. Councillor Jeyur Patel and family were also present.
District Councillor for Cambourne, Shrobona Bhattacharya, who initiated the initial fundraising - co-ordinating five associations in Cambourne - handed over £600 raised from the cake sale event to Cambourne Indian Club ‘s management committee.
Cllr Bhattacharya said, "In the time of solidarity, people of Cambourne showed their high respect towards the humanity. Mrs Shireen Khaliq, who is originally from Pakistan, made a wonderful cake for India which was itself an example of the unification of people in Cambourne. This symbol of love is a big step towards the community."
The club’s management committee - Mathew Sam, Shaju Thomas, Prasanth Nair, Ranjit Padmanabhan and Vivish Georgeworked tirelessly to make this event a great success.
Treasurer of the club, Vivish George, whose immediate family in Kerala was affected by the flood, also initiated a personal fund raising campaign to support relief camps in Kerala.
Shyney Sara Mathew, a member of the club, also raised £1,000 on a personal level to help flood victims. She arranged to supply clothes to relief camp members in Kerala.
Jakir Chowdhury of CamSpice also donated £100 towards the cause.
A homemade vegetarian meal with 26 dishes was the major highlight of the event. A raffle draw was also conducted. CIC would like to thank everyone who donated to this noble cause and supported various fund-raising initiatives.