Peckham fundraising night raises thousands for Gaza charity

Crowds gathered in Peckham on December 7 to show solidarity with Gaza and raise money for charity in a funky fundraising evening at Jumbi bar.

Organised by 28-year-old Roxy Khan-Williams and her friends, the evening marked a warm and enthusiastic show of support for the Palestinian plight amid the two-month old war in Gaza. 

The evening saw locals bid for an eclectic range of items in an auction led by Roxy’s mum, raising over £4,000 for Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a British Palestinian charity operating in Gaza to deliver vital aid and support the beleaguered population in Gaza, where over 17,000 have been killed and thousands more injured under Israeli bombardment.

Khan-Williams said the response to the evening had been amazing.

She said: “This is the first time that I’ve seen so many people wake up to what’s happening in Palestine.

“I’ve tried to do things like this before and people were a little bit hesitant. Whereas this time round, people have been so generous and have had so much energy to give.”

There were also speeches raising awareness for the Palestinian cause from the Jewish Network for Palestine, para-cycling team Gaza Sunbirds, MAP and a representative from the Boycott, Divestment Sanctions movement (BDS).

London has witnessed a flurry of pro-Palestinian solidarity events in the shape of huge weekly protests, talks, vigils and awareness events, since the war began in October.

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