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Helping Haiti

PUBLISHED: 16:27 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 09:35 12 August 2010

A GALA dinner event has raised £2,000 for Haiti earthquake disaster victims, writes Victoria Norval. Your Times was invited to the Tiranga Restaurant in Bromley on Monday for the event hosted by Rt Hon the Lord Fraser Carmyllie.

A GALA dinner event has raised £2,000 for Haiti earthquake disaster victims, writes Victoria Norval.

Your Times was invited to the Tiranga Restaurant in Bromley on Monday for the event hosted by Rt Hon the Lord Fraser Carmyllie.

The invitation followed our coverage of local volunteers working the disaster zone including Carwyn Hill from West Wickham.

The evening was attended by local dignitaries, including Mayor of Bromley Douglas Auld and Bob Neill, MP for Bromley and Chislehurst, together with several Bromley business managers and friends of the owner of Tiranga restaurant, Mr Hussain Mohammed Anwar Sharif.

The festivities started off with grandeur as the mayor and his wife arrived in a glass carriage which had been organised by the restaurant staff.

After greetings and photo opportunities, the serious business of why we there was begun.

The mayor and Mr Neill extolled priased the charity's fundraising efforts and thanked the organisers.

Mayor Douglas Auld's touching speech reminded us of the terrible struggle that Haiti now faces in its fight to get back to normality in a country already in a bad economic way before the tragedy struck.

Caroline Hurford, from UN World food programme, spoke of how the work in Haiti has been difficult due to the level of chaos in transport conditions as well as the problem with safe allocation of food aid to the needy.

To ensure food is getting to families and children distribution is often only given to the women. She said the money raised on the night could feed up to 7,000 people.

Live Indian music and singing followed as guests were served several specially prepared curry dishes made by celebrity Indian chef, Tommy Miah, founder of the International Indian Chef of the Year Award.

Part of his cuisine that evening was an large fish of Bangladeshi origin which was plated spectacularly for our enjoyment, along with many other Indian specialities dishes.

The Rt Hon Lord Carmyllie said was pleased to see the efforts made that evening and thanked the Times for the reportage devoted to the local aid and charity help organised and given to the disaster appeal.

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