Feeding the homeless and helping street children
We have initiated a campaign with the Bangla Town Restaurant Association in Brick Lane (BTRA) to support the ‘Crisis at Christmas’ campaign by Crisis, the national charity for homeless people, and send a message of love to London’s homeless and the street children in Bangladesh.
The campaign will be launched by Ajmal Masroor, Chairman of ChildrenPlus, Gulzar Khan, President of BTRA and Jacqui Gavin, Activities and Entertainments Manager at Crisis. We were also joined by special guest Baroness Pola Uddin.
Working in partnership both BTRA and ChildrenPlus will be getting together with over 50 restaurants and businesses from in and around Brick Lane to provide 1,000 meals for homeless people in London this winter. Also, as part of this campaign, customers will be invited to make a £1 donation when they pay their bill. Proceeds will go to CRISIS to help local homeless people.
The second aspect of this campaign aims to help destitute and impoverished street children in Bangladesh. During the first two months of 2015, participating restaurants and businesses in Brick Lane will aim to raise money to sponsor 100 street children.
We have already had support from the former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, who said:
“I have always been impressed with the work done by the charity sector in this area and that is why I’m supporting ChildrenPlus’ ‘From Brick Lane with Love’ campaign. I think it’s fantastic that they are not just helping the homeless in the capital but also using this initiative to help the street children of Bangladesh. I hope everyone gets behind this campaign to show their love to the less fortunate this winter.”
Sending his apologies for being unable to attend due to a last minute change of plans, Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to support this creative vision for helping people who need it most in my own borough and in Bangladesh, which have a historic social and cultural link. It’s fantastic to see charities and the community coming together. Winter is of course especially tough for vulnerable people, and so we must step up both political and charitable efforts to help.”
Ian Richards, Head of Crisis at Christmas, said:
“Without the generous support of donors, volunteers and partners, Crisis at Christmas would not be possible. We would like to thank ChildrenPlus for initiating the ‘From Brick Lane with Love’ campaign. This will help us to provide a lifeline for our guests this Christmas, and help them take their first steps out of homelessness.”
Gulzar Khan, President of BTRA stated:
“We are glad for the opportunity to be able to support this project. He all have a duty to help those less fortunate than us and together we really can make a difference. So over the next few weeks, pop down to Brick Lane and where you see one of our bright campaign posters in the window, come in have a meal and make a donation.”
It is important to remember that homelessness is a devastating experience which leaves people feeling vulnerable, alone and isolated. I really hope that everyone will support our campaign and join forces with us to spread hope and goodwill.
So this winter, encourage family and friends to visit restaurants and businesses on Brick Lane, and help feed the homeless in London and support street children in Bangladesh.