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‘Give peace a chance’ - appeal to help charities

l-r Mohammed Shoukat, Ray Price, Mary Evans Young, Richard Clark, Selman Wakeman and Fae Paginton.

l-r Mohammed Shoukat, Ray Price, Mary Evans Young, Richard Clark, Selman Wakeman and Fae Paginton.

A public meeting discussing Gaza has resulted in the formation of a group that aims to convert frustration into funds.

Give Peace a Chance was formed after the meeting at Banbury Town Hall last month. It will hold its first fundraising event at Grimsbury Community Centre next Thursday, August 28.

One of the organisers, Mary Evans Young, said: “At a time of major humanitarian crises across the world where innocent children and civilians are being killed and are fleeing for their lives, a group of Banbury residents of all ages, from all backgrounds, of all political persuasions, of all faiths or no faith, are coming together in Grimsbury next week to Give Peace a Chance.

“Against the backdrop of the horrendous things happening at the moment, we decided to do something positive to support and encourage good community relations in Banbury – and to avoid polarisation – and raise money.

“Everybody is welcome to this free event, especially children for whom there will be lots of activities.

“There will also be live music, beauty treatments, a sports quiz and a Great Banbury Bake Off – from Victoria sponge to rainbow cake, chocolate brownies to fruit cake. If you made it, bring it along!”

People are being asked to bring tombola prizes, home-cooked food, good clothes and home grown produce for sale.

“Proceeds will go to the Disaster Emergency Committee, an umbrella organisation for a number of charities including Christian Aid, Age International, Oxfam, Islamic Relief and Save the Children, providing humanitarian relief in war zones,” said Mrs Evans Young.

The party takes place between 6pm-8pm. For more details contact 01295 268676.

 

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