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Havering's Asian society celebrates Diwali with fundraiser for leukaemia appeal fund

PUBLISHED: 15:31 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 22 November 2018

The Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying Xue

The Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying Xue

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In support of a three-year-old with cancer, the Havering Asian Society held a special event celebrating the festival of lights which raised funds for her leukaemia appeal.

The Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying XueThe Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying Xue

The Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association (Haswa) celebrated Diwali at their community centre in Greenfields, Kilmartin Way, Elm Park on Saturday, November 17.

Young and old came together for celebrations along with guests including the mayor of Havering Councillor Dilip Patel with his wife councillor Nisha Patel, Rainham and Dagenham MP John Cruddas, councillor Sally Miller and Colonel Markham Bryant DL MBE.

Guests enjoyed entertainment by the children’s dance group and Veena Jain StormV Academy, DJ Rav-C and some authentic Indian cuisine.

Sansar Singh Narwal, the secretary of HASWA said, “events such as the Diwali celebration promote better cultural understanding of Havering’s rich and diverse community”.

The Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying XueThe Havering Asian Social and Welfare Association celebrated Diwali on Saturday, November 17. Photo: Ying Xue

Roop Johal, a member of HASWA raised awareness on the importance of BAME minorities becoming a stem cell donor as they only have 21per cent chance of finding donors internationally.

Her daughter Ajooni, aged three, is fighting leukaemia and all the money raised at Haswa’s raffle will go towards her fund.

Haswa has raised £515 to date for Ajooni’s leukaemia appeal.

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