Bradford gran holds fundraising event for Philippines typhoon victims

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bushra Amini (left) and Razia Amini   collect boxes of aid in Bradford in 2010 for flood victims in Pakistan Bushra Amini (left) and Razia Amini collect boxes of aid in Bradford in 2010 for flood victims in Pakistan

Bradford grandmother and full-time bargain hunter Razia Amini is on a new mission in the New Year.

Mrs Amini, of Heaton, last year filled a 20ft crate for the Gambia in Africa with school uniforms and equipment she either haggled over or got free.

And now she is organising a dinner and auction this weekend in aid of victims of the Philippines typhoon.

The Ladies’ Dinner Event to help relief workers working in the disaster-torn country will be at the Hilton Bradford on Saturday.

Mrs Amini is the north-east regional co-ordinator for global charity Humanity First, based in London, which has been providing relief and humanitarian aid across the world for more than 20 years.

She has been involved for 13 years and since her return in April from remote Gambiaff in the Gambia she has been continuing her support. But after the typhoon struck, she has dedicated her time to organising a fundraiser she hopes will bring in thousands of pounds of support.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8 with torrential rain, sustained winds of more than 195mph and a storm surge of up to 30 feet that devastated coastal areas.

Millions of people were affected, including hundreds of thousands who were forced from their homes.

Many were killed and those who survived are now facing other dangers, needing emergency shelter, clean water and food.

Mrs Amini's quest for help via her dinner has included getting Amir Khan to donate a signed boxing glove to be auctioned off on the evening.

She said: “We’ve been working with a large number of local charities, communities and businesses, all of whom have donated auction prizes or made sizeable contributions to help raise the final amount – these include a signed boxing glove by Amir Khan, a 46-inch TV, spa day vouchers from the Academy Spa in Harrogate and gold jewellery from local goldsmiths.”

Tickets for £25 each are now on sale for the evening which also includes a bazaar and henna art sessions.

Mrs Amini said: “More pledges of money and more support is still needed so we can raise as much as possible.”

Tickets can be bought from Ranis Bradford in White Abbey Road, Crown Textiles in Whetley Hill and Bradford Bazaar in Cemetery Road. Tables of ten or more can get a discount.

Humanity First works in more than 41 countries spread over six continents offering help to the needy, regardless of race, religion or politics.

Volunteers working for it come from different backgrounds including medical, logistical, engineering and teaching professionals.

Anyone wanting to find out more about Humanity First can e-mail Mrs Amini at regionalrepnortheast


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