20 August 2010, Dhaka. Business leaders and professionals in the North West of England have responded generously to BRAC’s call for public support for Vision Bangladesh. Fundraising events so far have raised close to £10,000 since July 2010 and more are planned for the future.
Sandra Kabir, Executive Director, BRAC UK, praised the commitment that British-Bangladesh professional affiliations are showing towards eradicating cataract blindness in Sylhet by 2014.
“We are really delighted with the support so far from our northern supporters. All the funds raised by these events are sent directly to the project in Bangladesh. The money goes a long way – just £20 buys a cataract operation for a poor widow isolated by blindness in her village and £30 provides 20 people free glasses so they can see again. Thank you for all your dedication and keep up the good work – we still have a long way to go to reach our target of £3 million.”
Recent activities include:
- Rochdale Bangladeshi Partnership Project organised a Charity Iftar in September and raised £2,000. La Min-Haz restaurant in Middleton generously hosted the event.
“We hope that our contribution will go a long way to help those who are less fortunate and with better can build their lives. We are grateful for all the donations made at the Charity Iftar.” Mohammed Dobir Miah, RBPP Secretary.
- Bengal Dynasty Restaurant in Wincham, Northwich raised an impressive £6,000 in pledges for Vision Bangladesh at a charity event organised by Greater Sylhet Council.
“It is a privilege and an honour to be supporting such an excellent initiative with clear goals. We were absolutely delighted to welcome to our event, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of BRAC, who is such an inspiration to the world.” Monchab Ali, Central Chair, Greater Sylhet Council and owner of Bengal Dynasty.
- A group of immigration advisers, led by Alam Ahmed, is organising a Vision Bangladesh fundraiser at Millon Restaurant in Oldham for September 28 and expects to raise at least £2,000.
Vision Bangladesh is a partnership programme between BRAC and Sightsavers in Bangladesh with the targeting of eliminating avoidable blindness in Sylhet by 2014. Screenings, treatment and operations started in January 2010 and so far 1,300 poor people have undergone a cataract operation, and 7,000 people have been screened.
For more information on how to support Vision Bangladesh, and organise a fundraiser in your area, please contact:
Penelope Mawson, Director of Development and Communications, BRAC UK
Tanvir Ahmed, Media Consultant, BRAC UK
Muzahid Khan, Manchester Supporter Group Coordinator, BRAC UK