It was the India Association Vaisakhi Dinner & Dance fundraiser for Bobby’s Walk Full Circle, on Saturday 26th April, at the glorious Riverside Venue in Cranford.
The room was decorated beautifully, (as were the guests) and I was touched and humbled to see so many family members, friends and loyal India Association supporters together in one room, raising money for this ambitious journey, which was likened by a friend of mine to ‘walking a marathon a day’. Put like that, it sounds daunting, but I have always enjoyed challenging myself and this is for a fantastic cause.
The India Association were delighted to be joined by special guests; Mr Sukhdev S Sidhu, (Minister of Co-ordination at India House), Professor Colin Green of Northwick Park Research Hospital and Mr C.B Patel, (owner and publisher of Asian Voice), who have all shown great support for the India Association and Bobby’s Walk Full Circle. We all enjoyed a delicious three course meal and drinks, which were generously donated. JB Wines donated their fantastic Kuch Nai whisky and Lord Bilimoria sponsored his Cobra Beer.
We enjoyed entertainment, courtesy of Anita’s Dance Factory and Curious Events (who dedicated a lot of time to this event). The MC’s for the evening; Aarron and Benjy Sandhu, (who did a fantastic job of encouraging people to make donations on the night).
Our fantastic auction and raffle prizes were donated by a number of local organisations and we were delighted to be joined on the evening by our loyal financial supporters Barclay’s Bank, who kindly agreed to match the amount raised in the raffle, plus HDFC Bank and Citibank. The event has raised £11,000 so far and donations are still coming in.
On behalf of the India Association, I would like to thank each and every person for showing their support to the event, by attending the event, volunteering at the event, corporate support, or donating a prize for the raffle or auction. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and every penny raised will go towards our target of £1,500,000 for our nominated charities and other worthy causes. There are photographs from the Vaisakhi event in the India Association gallery and you can still make a donation, by visiting our donation page.