RCF Gala Dinner 2018


On 27th October 2018, Refugee Crisis Foundation had our first gala dinner in Manchester where we celebrated what RCF, our partners and our volunteers have achieved together since we began in 2013. Below is an account from Lana Mahmud, one of the guests of the evening:

I had a wonderful gala evening on the 27th October 2018 in the beautiful settings of Vermillion restaurant in Manchester. Approximately 300 people with a variety of backgrounds, professions and experience attended, making it a successful evening of raising awareness. The evening also featured a delicious three-course meal and a raffle, with prizes including oil canvas paintings, quality tailor-made shirts courtesy of Shirt Makers, complimentary deluxe tooth whitening service at Synergy Dental Clinic and ROE Dental, and a dinner voucher for Zouk Tea Bar and Grill.

To start the evening off, Ali & Faiz kicked off their roles as hosts and welcomed the guests and prepared them for the night ahead. The founder and CEO of Refugee Crisis Foundation (RCF), Kiran Altaf introduced everyone to our cause, sharing her vision, journey, achievements and details of the organisation’s dedicated 362 volunteers that have successfully completed 21 projects so far.  All guests were served complimentary mocktails upon arrival, whilst viewing a captivating photo exhibition, captured by the very talented photography team Abdulazez Dukhan, Nabla Bana and Safiyyah Patel. The evening was filled with live entertainment. The introduction included an unusual but electrifying live performance by Tengu School of Taiko. Guests were welcomed to take photos in a professional photo booth as well as taking advantage of the beautiful flower wall.

Halfway through the evening a very touching video montage was played documenting RCF’s numerous projects, including the Rohingya Project, Healthy Smiles, Calais Dental Project, Project Winter and the Syria Container Appeal. These moving and informative montages highlighted the plight of refugees in the context of the lack of dental and medical care included important facts and figures regarding these issues.

It is more important then ever, as we look at the changing political and social landscape, to honour the deeds of those inspirational leaders who ignite change. These are the role models to others, where their actions enthuse passion and energy in others to achieve great things. The RCF Gala did just that, celebrating inspirational leaders. Keynote speakers included Ammar Azzouz, having recently received his PhD in Architecture entitled “I think of Syria every day – on being uprooted from home” and Faisal Tayan, who has created the world’s first adjustable shoe. The evening helped to promote the work of the RCF, where leaders can get involved and volunteer to become part of the work streams to help define, shape and execute on RCF’s strategy, or even to fundraise. This was also reinforced by the evening’s special guest speaker Magid Mah, who is a British-Somali activist and politician who has served as the Lord of Mayor of Sheffield since May 2018, sharing his journey from being a refugee to becoming a mayor.

The RCF Gala was extremely interactive, informative and encouraging to get involved. I learned that RCF has and continues to provide aid in the relief of poverty via welfare initiatives. RCF provide emergency medical and dental services and continue to collaborate with like-minded organisations to further cause. After the event had finished, I felt inspired and was keen to get involved, after speaking to one of the RCF trustees. I am hopeful that my study of MSc NGO Management will allow me to utilise my skills in this area and can help make a difference, as this particular cause is very close to my heart being Kurdish and coming from a turbulent region of the world troubled by immense conflict and undergoing a persistent identity crisis, but has nevertheless been aided by NGOs similar to RCF. I strongly urge anyone, no matter what their professional background is, to experience helping such great causes.