Sheffield Labour to host charity event to raise funds for Palestinian medical aid

A fundraising event to bring medical aid for people in Palestine is being organised by Sheffield campaigners next month.

Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine (SLFP) will be hosting a Clothes Swap, aiming to raise money for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) and their campaigning work.

The event will take place on Friday 10 March between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at the Sharrow Community Forum on Vincent Road.

The Friends of Palestine, who have been raising funds for eight years, are hoping to raise more money for their cause when they host their event in just over two weeks.

Their first Clothes Swap took place in February 2020 at the same venue and was ‘very successful’, say organisers.

Sarah Johnson, Membership Officer for the SLFP, said: “We’ve returned to Sharrow Community Forum as we’ve held a number of events there and being Sheffield-based, we are keen to involve the local communities across Sheffield as much as possible.”

Restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the ways the group could fundraise, but didn’t put them to a halt.

In March 2021, they hosted a Magic Music Mix in which musicians from both Sheffield and Palestine performed in an online concert, raising £2,727 for the BOZOOR charity project to build a youth house in Sebastiya.

The group also held a scaled down version of Small Park Big Run as a result of Covid restrictions. SLFP, alongside the Sharrow Community Forum set up a stall in Highfield Adventure Playground, offering goods to spread awareness and raise funds for projects in Gaza.

SLFP have worked closely with the National Education Union (NEU) in their endeavours to forge connections between both Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield with the An-Najah University in Nablus to explore collaboration in research and teaching.

The NEU has pledged £5,000 towards the previously mentioned youth house project.

The SLFP hope that this event is as successful as its predecessor and can raise as much money as possible.

Tickets are £7.50 and there will be music, snacks, good company and you can get a whole new wardrobe.

Written by Ethan Parris

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