A Respect-backed fundraising event in Preston Lancashire raised over £50,000 for orphans in Palestine on Saturday of last week.
The 500-strong event was organised to raise money to build an orphanage in Palestine for children who had lost their parents under the Israeli occupation.
Children of the Ghetto – a local charity set up by Preston Respect – organised the event.
Preston Respect councillor Michael Lavalette told Socialist Worker, “This is the second annual event that we have held to raise money for Palestine. Last year we raised £15,000 but this year we raised over £50,000.
“There was food, film shows and speakers at the event, including Ismail Adam from Friends of Al Aqsa and Daud Abdullah from the Muslim Council of Britain. People paid £10 a head to attend, and we then had an auction. We auctioned off Amir Khan’s boxing glove, a signed Manchester United shirt and Tony Benn’s pipe!
“Because the event was organised by Children of the Ghetto it pulled in a broader audience than just Respect members, and it was good to have Respect back in the community doing what it should be doing”.
There may be a council by-election in Preston in January, in an area where a new academy has been proposed.
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