Swindon businesses and residents have raised more than £3300 for Give a Kidney, a charity which raises awareness about non-directed kidney donation, the act of a healthy living person donating one of their kidneys to someone in need.
The money was raised by a special event, East Meets West 2, which took place on Saturday 12 March at the Supermarine Sports and Social Club, Swindon and was hosted by Swindon businesses The Sales and Marketing Hub and Kam’s Motor Clinic.
The event was a sell-out with 250 tickets being snapped up by lucky locals who wanted to enjoy an evening of floor-filling tunes from Bhangra to Bollywood and a delicious hot Punjabi buffet.
In addition to the £2500 raised on the night, a further £850 of matched funding from Barclays Bank is expected thanks to the fundraising support of Charanjit Dhaliwal of Barclays, West Swindon Branch.
Jasie Rai, from The Sales and Marketing Hub organised the event. Jasie has only one kidney herself having had one removed. She has a pyeloplasty on the remaining kidney and may eventually need a kidney transplant.
She said: “East Meets West has just happened by accident I am truly overwhelmed by the support and donations from local businesses, friends and family, who have taken it from strength-to-strength. It’s a fun event for all bringing people and East/West culture, food and music together for a great cause and is becoming more and more popular. We’ve already set a date for our 2017 event!”
The event was generously supported by the following generous local businesses: Asset Guardian Company, Castles Estate Agents, CentraHeat, Corin Design, Exploreworld, Francis George Solicitor- Advocate, Ideal Displays, Kam’s Motor Clinic, MLL Print and Digital, Mortgage Advice Bureau, DC Computers, Thermographic Consultancy Limited, The Sales and Marketing Hub Limited and Utility Warehouse as well as other businesses who supported the raffle and auction with prizes.
Jan Shorrock of Give a Kidney said: “Enormous thanks once again to Jasie and to everyone who contributed to this magnificent effort. There are currently around 5500 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the UK, and around 300 people die each year whilst waiting for a kidney transplant. Humans only need one kidney so if more healthy people came forward to give theirs, more lives could be saved. In the UK almost 500 people have donated a kidney to someone they do not know.
“We’re very grateful to Jasie for creating this event which will help us towards our vision that one day there will be no-on in the UK waiting for a transplant for want of a kidney.”