Following some uncertainty because of funding the town’s annual celebration of South Asian arts, culture, music and dancing, Swindon Mela is confirmed to take place on 25 August in Town Gardens, Old Town.
The event was in jeopardy due to increased costs generally and the recent imposition of road closures and safety measures. Jaz Bhui, chair and director of Swindon Mela Ltd, the not-for profit body behind the event, said: “Despite the fact that sponsorship is down from last year and costs are up, there is still tremendous support and encouragement shown by the many friends of Swindon Mela who have persuaded us to carry on, so it’s full steam ahead.”
The organisers will be asking visitors for a donation of £2 per adult when they come in as part of their campaign: ‘Swindon Mela is Go – thanks to you.’
Bruce Clarke, another of the directors said: “We receive no specific grant to stage this event so it is simply down to our supporters and sponsors to raise funds.
“We’re hoping that this year’s Mela will be the best yet. It’s the tenth anniversary – so we want to make sure that we can provide the best entertainment we can and ask people to give a contribution.
“After all, it is always a wonderful day out, in a great location – the Town Gardens – for us all to celebrate the very best of South Asian culture; great food, great performances, a great community celebration.”
Organisers need to raise £8,000 to contribute to the cost of the Swindon Mela. To achieve this target they are looking to recruit 27 Donation Collection Volunteers to work on one of three shifts during the day. You get a high vis jacket, a big thank you and a meal voucher.
Training is provided before the event so get in touch soon by mailing your name and contact telephone number to Bruce Clarke: email@example.com