On April 24th, we had an afternoon Tea fundraiser at Lucia’s Vintage Tea room in Earlsdon, Coventry. Tickets for this sold quickly and on the day 65 people sat down to partake in delicious cakes and sandwiches, lovingly prepared by Lucia herself. We had Just Peachy, a female Barber-shop quartet, sing us a few of their wonderful harmonies and Elaine and I told the three room’s full of guests, all about the project and pointed out the pictures dotted around the rooms. Many people were impressed (as they should be) and with the tickets sales, raffle and people buying tree’s to be planted out there on our next visit, we raised £560.
The following Sunday was a Palestine Awareness day in Small Heath park in Birmingham. Of course with it being Bank Holiday weekend, the weather was cold and wet. Sue had been busy baking. We unfurled the banner that had been donated to us by Big Ink Tank, and we managed to sell some of our produce and raise £265, considering the event wasn’t so well attended.
Then, major coup. We managed to get Rafeef Ziadah, an amazing Palestinian poet and Phil Monsour, a singer song writer, to come to Coventry to do a gig for us to kick off their national tour. Ego performance venue, allowed us to host them for free. All of the staff gave up their time to allow us to put on this gig and to them we are eternally grateful. The venue was set out cabaret style, with comfy sofas, tub chairs and tables lit by candlelight. We had a great night, singing along to Phil’s songs and tearing up to Rafeef’s heartfelt poetry, all finished off by some Dabke dancing. We hoped to just about break even with hosting this gig, but we actually managed to raise some money and even more valuable is the endorsement we got from Rafeef, a leading name in the BDS movement, about what we do in Palestine.
Lisa has a Power-point presentation on Wednesday to the Iqra Center in Coventry, and we are working on a family fun day and a photography exhibition of Elaine’s work (a little something we were working on in Palestine last year) to come later in the year.
Thank you again to all of our supporters, once again we couldn’t do it without you.