Just Help Foundation

FOOD lovers tucked into three-course meal and raised more than £10,000 to build 15 homes for the poor in Bangladesh.
Dukinfield-based charity the Just Help Foundation, arranged a fund-raising night at the Blu Spice Indian restaurant on St Albans Avenue, Ashton to raise the much-needed funds for poverty-stricken families in one of the most poorest countries in the world.
Just Help at WorkThis was the second successful charity dinner organised by Mizan Rahman who has already helped to raise almost £20,000 for victims of the cyclone in Bangladesh in December. Said Mizan: “We want to raise money to build 25 houses for distressed people in Bangladesh, especially those whose family sacrificed their lives in 1971 (when Bangladesh fought for independence from Pakistan)”. The money we have already raised has paid for blankets, oil, rice, medical treatment and we are hoping to roll the project out in other countries”. However the money from our latest charity event will go towards building homes”. One home costs £750 to build.  That is the cost of new TV or a sofa for many people in England, but to those in Bangladesh it’s a new sustainable home”. The money raised on the night will help to build at least 15 homes, but we still need more funds to build another 10.” Already 12 businesses across the North West have pledged their support with the Warrington Rest in Hyde and Blu Spice in Ashton agreeing to pay for one house each.

Mr Rahman, who is a news reporter for Bangla TV and a former Bangladesh national hockey player, added: “After such a successful night were many people donated generously, I hope to organise another dinner and raise enough funds so we can complete all 25 homes”. Special guests on the night included Bangladesh’s Assistant High Commissioner Asad Alam Siam and mayor and mayoresss of Tameside, Councillor Jack Davis and wife Carole. For more information or to donate visit www.justhelpfoundation.org.uk