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Penarth Raises a Voice and now over £4500 for East Africa Full Report

Raise a Voice PenarthPenarth organisation, Raise a Voice, collected a whopping £4,500 for the East Africa Crisis Appeal, after a near sell-out fundraiser at the Paget Rooms in September. Raise a Voice provided top-class entertainment in support of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), celebrating the re-opening of the Paget Rooms and reviving its celebrated history as a sought after music venue.

The charitable group, which was formed by a group of Penarth locals in reaction to the harrowing famine that is devastating East Africa, showcased a vibrant mix of music that saw all ages take to the Paget Rooms sprung dancefloor. Before the entertainment kicked off, guest speaker Abdi Hassan gave a tear-jerking speech about the big difference a young group of Penarth locals are making to an integral charity that is helping over 10 million starving Africans. Before being spoilt with a stellar entertainment line-up there was an opportunity to claim free curry upstairs, generously donated by Penarth curry house, Saagor. There was also a chance to buy refreshments from a mobile bar, organised and staffed by JW Bassett Pubs and The Golden Lion, who donated all bar profits to the DEC.

Welsh music talents 3 Day Binge and Miss Maud’s Folly entertained the crowds before saucy Burlesque act, The Angel De-Lites, really turned up the heat in the theatre. Keith Drew presented the big raffle giveaway which was bursting with prizes donated by an array of Penarth businesses. The big headliners of the evening, Cardiff’s acclaimed ska act, Funhouse, took to the stage and packed the dance floor with young and old alike. Most were spent after dancing the night away but the really energetic took the party to Penarth hotspot, Eclipse, where all Raise a Voice ticket holders could claim their free entry.

Event organiser Greg Malone said: “The generosity of the people of Penarth has astounded me. We would like to say a big thank you to all the local businesses who donated generously, to the volunteers and performers for making it happen and to the people of Penarth for their sense of fun and moral purpose. It’s heartbreaking to know that there are people in this world who are being denied access to basic human rights, but it’s fulfilling to know that there are people who care and will do something about it.”

If you would like to make a contribution to Raise a Voice and show your support then please visit www.justgiving.com/raiseavoice or visit the official website www.raiseavoice.org.uk. If you would like to find out more about the East Africa famine and how your money is helping then please visit www.dec.org.uk. For more information please contact Raise a Voice at hello@raiseavoice.org.uk.

The £4500 raised will provide ALL of the following:

• Safe drinking water for almost 16,000 people

• Enough high nutrient therapeutic paste to feed 2600 critically malnourished children

• Keep 1400 animals alive, providing food and incomes

• Provide a health worker with enough needles and syringes to provide over 20,000 vaccinations to children in amobile clinic

Special Thanks to:

Raise a Voice would like to thank the following: Andreas Flower Boutique, Arth Wine, Beacon Printers, Creation Salon, Enerchi, Gold Crest Security Cymru, Hamptons, Hazelhurst Nursery, John Bruno Total Training, Jo’s Organic Stores, J W Bassett Pubs and The Golden Lion, Master of Herbs, nicjonesdesign, Penarth View, The Pilot, Plassey Fish Bar, Pro Health and Nutrition, The Saagor Indian, Wasons, Windsor Bookshop


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