Thursday 1 November 2018 6:05 AM UTC
BIRMINGHAM Nov 1: Mrs Shabnam Shafeek, Malayalee businesswoman based in Birmingham, organised a fundraising event for the Kerala Flood Relief.
Shabnam, Director of Noorul Islam Deemed University and Nims group director, was supported by her friends and families, from different communities living in different parts of the UK.
Those prominent personalities who attended were Dr Paul Sabapathy CVO CBE, former representative of the Queen in the West Midlands, Vice Lord-Lieutenant for The West Midlands is Dr Beverly Lindsay OBE OD, Telford Mayor Raj Mehta, Ms. Happy Guptan from Indian Consul, North Paravur MLA VD Satheesan, Rajamanickam IAS and former Croydon Mayor Manju Shahul Hameed.
The funds will be used to support the small businesses in Paravur. More than 60,000 families in North Paravur were affected during the August floods in Kerala.
VD Satheesan MLA, one of the most popular politicians in Kerala said: “The devastation caused by the floods has given humanity the chance to lend a helping hand in this time of need, to unite us in supporting the broken.”
“There are 300 plus volunteers in the field to support the victims to regain their normal pace. Every penny donated to the flood relief will be accountable and will reach the needy people on priority basis,” he added.
Mr Satheesan was accompanied by Mr Ameer Ahmed of Manappat Foundation and Mr Tum Kazunga of Habitat for Humanity India. More than £20000 was raised from the event, and donations are still pouring in even after the event.
BBC Master Chef winner Dr Saliha Mahmood Ahmed shared some of her culinary tips with the audience.
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