A campaign to raise £5,000 for a water aid charity has been launched in Shefford.
The Bangkok Lounge, Thai dining restaurant group in Bedford Road, is to host a fundraising event on May 4 as part of the project this year to boost the Amir Khan Foundation.
Together with Penny Appeal, the Amir Khan Foundation is working to ensure water-scarce communities gain reliable access to safe, clean water that can help save lives, instead of endangering them with life-threatening illnesses. The restaurant group has already raised £360 for the foundation.
Tickets to the event, at 7pm, are £40 per person to include an authentic two-course Thai meal. There will be a raffle and sports memorabilia up for auction. Tables are available in groups of two to eight.
Funds raised at the event will help provide life-giving wells across Africa and enable needy communities to share in fresh water for the very first time.
Motin Miah, owner of the Bangkok Lounge Group, said: “Here, we have the luxury of being able to take water for granted. Yet one innocent life is taken every 20 seconds as a result of consuming unclean waters. It may seem unreal to us, but the water crisis is real and affects millions of people.”
The restaurant has helped the community in a number of ways. It has been the main kit sponsor for Shefford Saints Juniors FC’s teams and last year hosted the town’s annual duck race for the 20th time.
The race raises funds for the charity, Acorn Pre-School and the Mighty Oaks. Acorn Pre-School is the only community pre-school in Shefford and, as a charity, relies heavily on funds raised at events such as the race. The Mighty Oaks is the breakfast and after-school club for children who attend the pre-school and pupils at Shefford Lower School.
You can book for the May 4 event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01462 338287 / 338292.
You can also donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Motin-Miah