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Bangladesh Flood Appeal

Why should you help?

With the latest crisis in Bangladesh (30 Million affected), India and Nepal urgent action by the British society is needed. Please do assist with the medical and emergency aid; and help the flood victims.
Millions of People and children are homeless, starving, drowning, dying from waterborne diseases, diarrhea, snakebites, devastation of crops, need clothing, shelter, medicine, doctors, clean water, food etc. Short term and long term help is required.

Informng BritBangla Oona King MP sent out 70 letters to all London hospitals and trusts asking them to donate the most urgently needed medical supplies - eg rehydration salts, antibiotics, anti-diarreah medicine etc. If there is anyone you know who has been working on this issue who has a medical background, or involvement with medical relief, it would be useful for Oona King to know. The Baroness Uddin is coordinating the relief effort through the Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal, and will also see if it is possible for to take medical supplies out to Bangladesh personally, to ensure they reach the people who need them, in September.

Images of flood victims: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/3911387.stm
Bangladesh Flood Crisis Worsens: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3928463.stm

BANGLADESH EMERGENCY FLOOD APPEAL>> Click here

LIST OF RELIEF AID OR CHARITY ORGANISATIONS>> Click here

FUNDRAISING EVENTS to support >>Click here


BANGLADESH EMERGENCY FLOOD APPEAL

PRESS RELEASE>> click here

Emergency committee set up BY Baroness Uddin to coordinate relief work to Bangladesh, 'Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal' (BEFA). The aim is to coordinate all of the fundraising efforts carried out by relief agencies, businesses and individuals, as well as ensuring a continuing system of accountability which reaches those affected directly and system sending donations with effective redistribution of funds.

The' Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal' will be pleased to receive any contributions of money, clothing, food or medicine for the affected people.

CHEQUES CAN BE MADE PAYABLE TO "BANGLADESH EMERGENCY FLOOD APPEAL"
C/O BARONESS UDDIN
HOUSE OF LORDS
LONDON
SW1A OPW

BEFA Final Report >>Click here

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RELIEF AID OR CHARITY ORGANISATIONS

Please donate to these organisations who have set up programmes of relief aid:

Bangladesh Flood Appeal
Contact: Jennifer Dewan or Nadia Khan
Tel: 020 7219 8506 Email: dewanj@parliament.uk

British Red Cross
Contact: Rebecca Payne (Senior Fundraiser, London)
Tel: 020 7382 4650 Email: rpayne@redcross.org.uk
Address: British Red Cross, 64 London Wall, London, EC2M 5TP

Christian Aid
www.christianaid.org.uk
Contact: Nadia Saracini (Communications & Information Officer ASIA TEAM)
Tel: 020 7523 2169 Email: nsaracini@christian-aid.org

Islamic Relief
www.islamic-relief.com/uk

Contact: Waseem Yaqub (UK Manager)
Mobile: 07971 133 00. Tel: 0870 444 3135 Email: waseem.yaqub@islamic-relief.org.uk

Oxfam
www.oxfam.org.uk
Contact: Ivan Scott (Humanitarian Coordinator Mangaer)
Mobile: 07799 293707. Tel: 01865 313906. Email: iscott@oxfam.org.uk

Save the Children Fund
www.savethechildrenfund.org
Contact: Arun Muttreja Email:

Other organisations working in affected areas are International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ActionAid.

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FUNDRAISING EVENTS

Charity Lunch @ The Cinnamon Club: Sunday 10th October 2004


Past Events:

CHARITY DINNER @ PRITHI: Monday 2nd August

Pride of Asia FUNDRAISING EVENT: Tuesday 3rd August

BoB FUNDRAISING EVENT @ PREEM: Wednesday 4th August

BBPA Fundraising Cruise for Bangladesh Flood Relief: 28th August

Charity Dinner @ Shimla Pinks (Birmingham):1st September

Charity Dinner - Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal: Monday 13th September 2004


Charity Dinner @ PRITHI RESTAURANT: 2nd AUGUST

In Aid of the millions of victims of the heavy flooding in Bangladesh. The country has seen the worst floods in decades and is in urgent need of help.
At: Prithi Restaurant
, 194 Brick Lane, Londond E1. 6.30pm to 10.30pm.
Costs: £20 per person with a variety of Indian food included.
For information e-mail gbywa@yahoo.com or call Mr Salam on 07932 402033 or Mr Ahmed on 07960 151729.

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BoB FUNDRAISING EVENT @ PREEM: 4th AUGUST

When: Wednesday 4th August 6:30PM (NEXT WEEK)
Where: Preem, 120 Brick Lane, E1 6RL (Corner of Brick Lane and Hanbury Street), London
Who: Red Cross (Bangladeshi representative being Red Crescent Society)
Why: They have a good infrastructure, working there for a few years, politically neutral and highly efficient
What else: Come and talk to the representatives and listen to how effective your money will be. In addition we are waiting confirmation of other VIPs

Cost: Not a cost but a minimum £20 donation per person
How: Email confirmations events@bobprofessionals.com or send cheque*
Friends/Colleagues: As this is helping those ravaged by the disastrous floods, this event is open to all

* Please make the cheque payable to "BoB Professionals" and send it to BoB Professionals 88 Tomswood Hill Hainault Essex IG6 2GH

It goes without saying that your support and effort will be a blessing for those who are desperately in need. Please join us in helping them!

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From Broad St. to Bangladesh’ @ Shimla Pinks (Birmingham)

As you maybe aware of the recent floods in Bangladesh, millions of people have been left homeless and countless amount of people have died as a result of the huge floods.

Charity Dinner to be held at >Shimla Pinks on Wednesday 1st September 2004. All proceeds will go
>directly to those affected in Bangladesh.

There will be live performances on stage featuring Raghav plus more throughout the evening.

Tickets are priced at £20 per head. This will include a full buffet meal.
Doors will open at 6pm and will run throughout the evening, please arrive by 7pm.

T here will also have a prize draw on the night.

If you would like to make a separate donation for this cause you are more than welcome to do so. Please ask to speak to the management or call Kameo (Shimla Pinks) on 0121-633 0366.

On a final note, as you are aware those people living in such poverty don’t have the luxury that we do, so any small donation you can offer would be great.

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Charity Dinner -Bangladesh Emgergency Flood Appeal: 13th September 2004

The Winter Gardens, Canary Wharf, 7pm

The ‘Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal’ (BEFA) has been set up in order to coordinate our contributions from Britain. The aim is to ensure maximum cooperation between all the major relief agencies, businesses and individuals, as well as ensuring every penny raised goes directly to those affected, minimising the bureaucracy often associated in the formal process of relief distribution.

The BEFA working group, chaired by Baroness Uddin, includes, Oona King MP, Kerry Pollard MP, Lord Ahmed, Lord Patel of Blackburn, Mohammed Sarwar MP, HE A. H. Moffazal Karim High Commissioner for Bangladesh, and many others. It is also supported by DFID, Islamic relief, Oxfam, Red Cross, Muslim Hands, Save the Children, CAFOD, Christian Aid and others.

Much effort has also been made by the Bangladeshi community and businesses to fundraise for this cause, but alone we cannot match the needs of those suffering in Bangladesh. We are thus appealing to a wider network of individuals and businesses to help assist in our efforts. This would involve you and your friends or colleagues attending the above dinner with us, where the emphasis will be on entertainment - we promise you a great time, with jazz musicians, Bengali artists, comedians, a raffle, auction and much more.

Tickets for this charity event are reasonably priced at £25 per person. Tickets will follow shortly after confirmation of attendance. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please make cheques payable to ‘Bangladesh Emergency Flood Appeal’ and send to C/o Baroness Uddin, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW.

For tickets Jennifer Dewan Tel: 0207 219 8506 E: dewanj@parliament.uk

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Charity Lunch @ Cinnamon Club: Sunday 10th October 2004

Cinnamon Club restaurant is holding a lunch on Sunday October 10th to raise money for the millions of people ravaged by the recent floods in Bangladesh and India. The cost is £50 per person including wine with all proceeds going to Red Cross Asian Floods Appeal. Support an excellent cause!

For info check www.cinnamonclub.com

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BritBengalis Unite to Raise Funds for Flood Appeal

The Bengali community turned out in their numbers on Tuesday night, 3rd August, for a fundraising event to play their part in supporting their fellow Bangladeshis affected by the devastating floods. Pride of Asia, known for its mouth-watering curries and popular choice for many weddings, along with BritBangla, a rapidly fast growing organisation representing the 2nd and 3rd generation British Bengalis, combined their time and resources to organise the charity event. The venue was set within the perimeters of Queen Mary & Westfield University, at the Student Union Halls.

While the storm threatened to jeopardise the event, it did not prevent the VIPs and the guests from attending this urgent appeal. The special guest supporters included the mayor of Tower Hamlets, Cllr Manir Uddin Ahmed, The Baroness Uddin, George Galloway MP and the newly elected Cllr Murad Quershi, GLA Member. The event also attracted various members from the Bengali media including Sarwar Ahmed, publisher of ASIANA, and the Bangla Mirror Editorial Board.

In his speech the mayor of Tower Hamlets pleaded to the Bengali community “please give donations Bangladesh needs your help as millions of people are affected by the floods and we must help to ease the suffering”.

The event proved to be a major success as donations were been offered by local businesses and further funds were raised through raffle sales. Two lucky winners won a return trip to Bangladesh thanks to Travel Link and another guest won a trip to Atlanta, USA, donation prize from Air Express Travel & Tours. Bangla Mirror also contributed to the raffle prizes by giving a one-year subscription. During the course of the evening, the guests were entertained by a number of performances including one of the top rock bands in Bangladesh, Purple Blues along with singers Alaur Rahman, Iffat Ara, Ameen Raja Moni. Also performing was a newly formed dance group called Flex FX Production who dazzled guests with their spectacular dance routines.

The money raised from that evening would go towards medical supplies, dry seeds and fertilizer and distributing it to the flood victims in Bangladesh. Shelim Ahmed, proprietor of Pride of Asia, will himself fly to Bangladesh paying for his own airfare, to ensure that donations are distributed to the affected areas.

On behalf of Pride of Asia and BritBangla, a special thank you goes out to all those who attended.

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