St James the Great’s Fantastic Fundraising

St James the Great Parish in Pett’s Wood has been busy over the last couple of months organising some wonderful fundraising events in support of the Connect2:Bangaldesh community of Kainmari. Roger Wright (Member of the Justice and Peace group at St James’) shared them with us:

On the afternoon of Thursday 14th March, our Brownie and Rainbow leaders organised a great session of Bingo for about 55 of our children. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and several rounds were played with chocolate prizes. The staggering total of £280 was raised and this was promptly sent off to CAFOD with our best wishes to Kainmari.

St James' Brownies Bingo

On Sunday 21st April, over 100 parishioners and their friends met in the St James’ Social Centre to eat home made curry and other food prepared by members of the parish. This event was organised as a celebration of our commitment to the people of Kainmari, with our community meeting to remember their community far away. Fairtrade products were used where possible. Guests gathered at the early hour of 4pm so that families of all ages could enjoy being together. The meal consisted of starters (generously provided by the local Rajdoot restaurant), followed by chicken, fish and vegetable curries served with Fairtrade rice. The recipe from Kainmari villager Mollika, which inspired the event, was also cooked.  Dessert consisted of Fairtrade fresh pineapple or banana. There was also Fairtrade beer from a local brewery.

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The hall was transformed with Asian drapes, Bangladesh flag colours, wine bottles wrapped with a map of Bangladesh, paper lanterns and elephant pennants. There was entertainment in the form of Bangladeshi music, activities based on the country for children and quiz rounds on Bangladesh and Fairtrade. The raffle was well supported with the first prize being a hamper of Fairtrade goods and several smaller Fairtrade gifts were on offer. One generous parishioner donated a number of CAFOD World Gifts as prizes.

Many people helped to stage this event which had sold out weeks in advance and great support was received from others with setting up, decorating, cooking, entertaining and serving. We received the sad news of Profulla’s death only the next day from CAFOD. Let’s hope that some of the £800 we raised for Connect2 at “Kainmari Curry Night” will be used to help the village in his memory.

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