Eid and Diwali event

2nd November 2012 – HADC’s Eid & Diwali Celebration – a great success with Miss India UK providing Bollywood entertainment.

There was a huge turnout of over 190 people who attended our Harrow Asian Deaf Club’s Eid & Diwali Celebration 2012 which took place on Saturday 3rd November 2012. Our HADC Patrons John Purnell, Deputy of lieutenant and his wife, Margaret Purnell joined the celebration in their first ever Asian outfits so they blend in with the Asian scene very well. Everyone enjoyed the delicious spread of Asian buffet aswell as the fantastic cakes donated by one of the volunteer’s family members who made it for our fundraising drive. Also as part of our recent Barclays’ Let’s Do it Voluntary Awards 2012, we have had three Barclays staff joining us as our new volunteers.

After scrumptious meal, the event was open by our guest, Councilor Vina Mithani who managed to introduce herself in BSL including ‘Welcome to Eid and Diwali Celebration today’, much to the delight of the audiences who applauded her. We have had two Guest Speakers; one was Fatemah Begum of Al Isharah, a Deaf Islamic charity who gave a speech of what Eid means to Muslim community and why it was important for us to celebrate. The second speaker was Mamta Farfoia, a Deaf Hindu mother who gave a speech of what Diwali means to three key faith groups of Indian communities including Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. From there, we proceeded with a charity auction with some fantastic prizes including Asian Sari for special occasion and managed to raise £300 toward Harrow Asian Deaf Club, whilst the children enjoyed painting the Diwali candle holders in various colours and were able to take them home once dried.

The evening moved onto an excellent entertainment, provided by Deaf Bollywood Dancer, Nehal Bhogaita with her winning dance show. She recently won Miss India UK 2013 on Saturday 27th October 2012 after her parents sent off an application and surprised Nehal when she was invited to Birmingham last month. Nehal explained that she was shocked, at first, having made the regional finalist out of 3 to represent Leicester and successfully proceed to further rounds. She was gobsmacked when she found out she won the title, representing Miss India UK after beating 25 finalists. In fact, she made history by being the first ever Deaf Asian to win this esteemed pageant and Nehal is looking forward to the Miss World competition at Malaysia in Spring 2013, competing with 45 young women from across the globe.

After her stunning performance, everyone were delighted to learn some of the Bollywood moves from Nehal.

The evening rounded off with some firework display outside the Centre.