Food and dance festival in Kingsbury aims to raise £20k for Ebola victims

Better Lives Foundation hosting The Rhythms of Raas festival to raise £20,000 for its Ebola Programm

Better Lives Foundation hosting The Rhythms of Raas festival to raise £20,000 for its Ebola Programme - Credit: Archant

A food and dance festival in Kingsbury is setting out to raise £20,000 for Ebola victims in Sierra Leone.

Better Lives Foundation hosting The Rhythms of Raas festival to raise £20,000 for its Ebola Programm

Better Lives Foundation hosting The Rhythms of Raas festival to raise £20,000 for its Ebola Programme - Credit: Archant

The Rhythms of Raas, a cultural event of music and dance is taking place at the Jewish Free School (JFS) in The Mall, Kenton, this Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.

Hosted by the Better Lives Foundation, a charity supporting communities in Yonibana, Sierra Leone and Uttrakhand, India. all proceeds of the festival from entry sales to raffle tickets, will go towards its Ebola Programme in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where the charity runs a free hospital providing doctors, nurses and volunteers.

Akshay Patel founded the festival three years ago when his own health prevented him from travelling to Africa.

He said: “I had a kidney transplant thanks to a donation from my mum but I can’t join the programme in Africa for health reasons as it is the only thing keeping me alive.


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I hope to raise £20,000 from the event which will go towards food parcels, medical aid, protective gear and hygiene items.”

Festival highlights include live artists, music and dance, Indian street food and many prizes.

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Better Lives Foundation have teamed up with ‘Raas Rebellion’ who will be hosting a workshop to learn Raas Garba dancing at the venue from noon.

Early bird tickets have sold but general admission is £15 prior to the event or £11 for groups and £20 on the door. Children under five go free.

For more infotmation visit rhythmsofraas2015.eventbrite.com/

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