I thoroughly enjoyed today’s delicious curry lunch to raise funds for the St Albans-based KADECT charity, founded by local resident Mohammed Akhtar. It helps deaf children in Kashmir and the Gambia. I have blogged before about the importance of this cause – see my previous appreciation of the curry-making prowess of Muslim Mums.
Today’s event was held at Abbey Spice in Stanhope Road, St Albans, in authentic monsoon conditions. It was attended by around 100 guests, including fellow Lib Dems Chris White, Iqbal Zia, Liz Needham and Nik Alatortsev.
There was a slideshow on the charity’s extension into Gambia, speeches by various dignitaries including Anwar Choudhury, the former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and by Mrs Main, as well as a charity auction, a raffle (of course), and a brilliant concert to close the proceedings.
In my own speech, I said that there are far too many negative stereotypes about the Muslim community conspiring to cause terror. Well I was delighted to be conspiring today with them to do good in such a benign and worthwhile cause.
It costs about £60 to provide a year’s schooling for a deaf child in either country – or less than 20 pence per day. I hope readers might be inspired to give – visit www.kadect.org for more details.
PS My picture shows the talented and brilliant Roshanara Moni strutting her stuff at the end of the lunch – she brought the room to its feet, all the kitchen staff coming out to listen as well. Great stuff.