Swindon children’s author and Story Sack inventor Neil Griffiths collected a cheque from Bombay Lounge on 14 May to help fund the maintenance and provision of mosquito nets in the village of Gunjur in the Gambia.
Neil runs the Starfish Malaria Project alongside his Corner to Learn publishing business. The charity employs three health visitors in Gunjur who educate local people about the dangers of malaria through a monthly radio show, and home visits targeting pregnant women and those with young children.
They also perform puppet shows to get across important health concepts, making use of a popular story-telling form which is traditional in the Gambia and very close to Neil’s heart.
Neil receiving a cheque for £350 from Hanif Robani at the Bombay Lounge.
Explaining the urgency to combat the spread of malaria Neil said: “We’re now in the malaria season until July and we need to dip the anti-mosquito nets in insecticide to provide extra protection.
“The health visitors organise net-dipping parties with food, drumming and dancing to encourage people to come along. To keep costs down we’ve helped people in the village to make the nets. We have also provided tools for filling in puddles to prevent the malaria-carrying mosquitos breeding.
“We estimate that we’ve put 7,500 people under nets in Gunjur and cases of malaria have dropped dramatically.
“Hanif’s £350 donation and the £280 raised in the raffle on the night means that at least another 150 children will be protected.”
Hanif commented: “Hearing how the money raised at the curry nights is used really makes our commitment to local organisations worthwhile.”
Find out more at cornertolearn.co.uk/starfish-malaria-project
Curry cashback evening helps women’s Cuba bike ride
Faye O’Donaghue and her mum Michelle Bentham are cycling 400km across Cuba from Havana to Santa Clara to raise £5,800 for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer which have claimed members of their family.
They are well on the way to their target from cake sales, car boot sales, a Christmas fayre and raffles. Employer David Wilson Homes have contributed £500 and Thames Water has donated £656.
They are holding another big raffle and organising a night at Swindon Greyhound track. For tickets and details see Facebook: fayeandmichellecyclecuba
Faye, right, and Michelle, receiving £200 from Hanif following their charity curry night in April