Another Successful Autumn Gala October 21 on Zoom
The Autumn Gala held yesterday on zoom has proven a great success as publicity to many newcomers in the audience of our charity work in Palestine and Uganda, as entertainment of a high order, as reporting of many projects in Gaza, West Bank and Uganda and, thanks to a generous audience, financially too. The wide-ranging programme opened with an exceptional talk by the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Husam Zumlot. This was followed by a video of the presentation of the Palestinian Minister of Higher Education and Research, Professor Mahmoud Abu Mowais, of a special memorial scholarship to his late wife Dr Amal in oncology and palliative care to a nurse studying in Bethlem University. Our CEO Dr Malik Zaben outlined his plans for upgrading healthcare in the Arab-American University of Palestine (AAUP) through research as well as a modernised teaching curriculum in the AAUP Faculty of Medicine. Famous film-maker Ken Loach was interviewed by humanitarian activist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi about his style of direction and that was a fascinating conversation. The fun was provided by our two great stand-up comedians Mark Thomas and Imran Yusuf. Further entertainment included beautiful Arabic music sung by Wafaa ElNajili and played on Arabic instruments by young students of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music Gaza Branch. Finally, Malik and Colin appealed to the audience to help fund three projects: one for child mental health in Palestine; another in supporting medical students from really poor families in the Jenin region particularly from the Bedouin community; and finally for the IMET2000 programme of eye surgery particularly cataracts in Uganda. We thank Harriet Paul for superb organisation, Charles Phillips for well-rehearsed compering of the programme and Jojo Zaben for ensuring the event ran without a single glitch technically. And thanks to all our supporters.