Gravesend Asian community flock to Philippines appeal event

PUBLISHED: 16:26 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:26 06 January 2014

Gravesend's Asian community turned out in droves to raise money for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal at a first of its kind charity event in the borough.

The night at Elite venue in Dunkirk Close was organised in just three weeks by Harjit Domeli, who performed, and catering company Lady Chutney’s.

Ticket sales raised £165 for the appeal with around 100 people attending the debut event, which included a three-course meal.

“People loved it,” said Mr Domeli, of Singlewell. “The atmosphere was really good.

“The Asian community in Gravesend has never had a Christmas function like this before.

“The feedback from everyone was: “Make sure the next one does not take so long.”

Four different artists, including headliner Mr Domeli, performed at the dinner to the delight of the crowd.

The evening started off with Hindi music before moving on to the popular musical genre, Bhangra.

Mr Domeli says the next event will be for the Vaisakhai Festival in April.

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