A local mum and her friends from the BS7 area of Bristol and beyond have organised a Chinese New Year Celebration fundraising event in response to the appalling situation currently facing thousands of children in refugee camps in Europe.
The event will be held from 11am – 2pm on Saturday 30th January at Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, BS7 8ST. All proceeds will be going to the charities Aid Box Convoy – Bristol to Refugees in Europe (set up last year by two parents from Ashley Down) and Refugee Child.
The idea of having a Chinese New Year themed fundraising event was that of Ming-Li Bogue, a local mum of two and childminder, who also volunteers at Welly Toddler Group in Horfield. Ming-Li was born and raised in Taiwan and lived there until she moved to Bristol in 2003 where she has been living ever since.
“We are a group of friends just wanting to help children affected by conflict and we hope to raise awareness of the refugee crisis.
“In addition we would love the local community to celebrate and experience some Chinese culture in part by enjoying some authentic Taiwanese and Chinese food made by mums (who can beat mum’s homemade food?).”
Ming-Li’s friends have been helping to organise the various aspects of the event such as leaflet design, decorations and food preparation. Their names are Katy Shu-Lan Cheng-Brotherhood, Yamei Young, Julia N Zhu, Ting Huang, Nina Hollingsworth, Xiao Yue, I-ling Chou and Carina Sheppard.
Much thought and planning has been going into making the event a success. Keeping to the Chinese New Year theme, there will be a delicious feast of home-made Taiwanese/Chinese food, including Dumplings, Sichuan Spicy Noodles, Taiwanese Pulled Pork Roll and more.
There will be lots of activities for children such as Chinese New Year crafts – for both big and little hands – plus games such as chopstick races and Aiming, Chinese Story Telling of Nian, The Chinese Zadico, singing and dance performances.
There will also be a pre-loved toys and books sale and a raffle to further raise funds for the two charities.
All of the community are welcome to attend and if any Bishopston Mum readers would like to get involved in the event, please email Ming-Li on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, if anyone would like to donate books, toys or items for the raffle all would be gratefully received.