Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Pakistan Flood Relief Benefit - the Results

Well the snow that started on Wednesday, just before the benefit, has settled in and as I look outside my window a transit van is having some problems . . . Despite snow, other events and perhaps the flood fading from memory we made £150 and I would like to thank everyone involved in what was a wonderful event. The Avenue church's acoustics and setting were perfect for the brilliant, talented "Pieces of Eight" A Copella choir. To sing well without musical accompaniment is the ultimate vocal challenge and the audience were not disappointed. Richard Massaras MCing guided us through and his comedy with Harry was entertaining. Lee Kyle's flags of the nations met with real approval and he tailored it for the audience he had rather than a student one! I think we had some comic geniuses in the making (perhaps a new Peter Kaye!) and we saw it here in Middlesbrough :-)

We had plugs, notices and posters in/on Radio Tees, the Echo, the Gazette, the Roman Catholic website and church, Anglican church, quakers, methodists, the co-op and interestingly on Regional TV news where one of our colourful posters was spotted in a Nunthorpe snow report!
Why did Friends of the Earth do this event for Pakistan? Well we felt we could and had to do something and could not sit idly by. Floods like this one are more likely to happen with climate change.

Our efforts have paid for a heavy-duty family tent that will get them through winter and food for a couple of months, I think saving lives, sent to Pakistan with our love. Well done everyone.

The video link I had planned to play is below and only 3 minutes long, explaining things so well, please have a look. Angelina Jolie's UNHCR reports were also well informed - not just a pretty face is Angelina.

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