Robert Buckland MP is calling for help to make sure that one of Swindon’s most popular events continues to take place.
Event organisers have been forced to cancel the Swindon Mela in the past due to not having enough volunteers to organise the event, but it was once named as one of the best Mela’s in the UK and described by The Times newspaper as one of the best free events in the UK in 2007.
Event Organiser, Sonny Hamid explained: “The Swindon Mela is a showcase for South Asian art, culture and food and has been a regular annual event since 2002. It is the South West’s largest and most established event of this kind and one of the most successful attracting over 20,000 people at the 2013 event.
“The event is organised by the Swindon Mela Project Team who are all volunteers. The effort required to stage and organise such a huge event is considerable and we are constantly seeking volunteers and supporters.
“Project Team Members would be delighted to address any commercial and community groups and deliver a stand-up presentation, if required, on the Mela, how we plan and manage the event and what skills and resources are required for the benefit of the Mela.”
Robert Buckland MP said: “The Swindon Mela is a fantastic local event that has been taking place in the Old Town Gardens over the past fourteen years.
“The Mela provides many benefits to Swindon from community cohesion, showcasing local performing and creative artists to proving economic benefits. The event helped to put Swindon on the map in 2007 when it was named as one of the top Mela’s in the country.”
To ensure that the event is able to continue, the Swindon Mela Project Team need as many people as possible to volunteer their help in various roles. These include sales and marketing, medical, health and safety, food hygiene, programme sellers, legal advisors, light goods transport and many more.
For further information about the event and to find out how you can help, please contact Sonny Hamid on 01672 811 933 or 07767 618 919.