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1st February 2013

Watford-based charity STOP International raised over £2,000 thanks to an evening of Indian food and ‘entertainment’, and an auction of promises attended by 80 people.
STOP International was founded by Kish Poddar, a teacher at Stanborough School in 2000 and helps children in orphanages in Tamil Nadu in Southern India. During the evening founder Kish outlined his next humanitarian project. Next summer he plans to set up a sewing room at the Vocational Training Centre in one of the orphanages he
helps. Asking for volunteers to accompany him, including paying their own expenses, he was pleased to note a positive response from some of those present.
The fundraising evening at The Stanborough Centre, Watford, on Saturday evening, 26 January, was organised by Pat Walton. She is one of the trustees for STOP International.
Following the meal and some spoof ‘Bollywood-style’ dancing, there was an auction of promises. This sparked some lively bidding for 15 lots including: 5 hours of gardening, an Indian meal for six, gliding, a spring clean, theatre tokens, sailing in the Mediterranean, a handyman offer, website development, a week in north Wales for 6, private tuition, decorative plates, birthday cakes and an antique coffee table.
The evening concluded with a final repeat ‘Bollywood’ performance – where guests paid extra to see some members of the organising team join the performance. This raised both a further £90 and cheers from the audience.

[June Coombs]


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