Chinese New Year charity dinner raises more then £1,000

The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal and Housing People, Building Communities are set to benefit from the Chinese New Year charity dinner held at the Chung Ku restaurant at Columbus Quay.

The waterfront restaurant event, themed “East meets West” and enjoyed by nearly a hundred people, featured a three-course Chinese meal, fire cracker display, traditional Chinese dancing, and a tombola and raffle, going on to raise more than £1,000.

Norman Shum of the Chung Ku restaurant said:

“It was wonderful to bring east and west together to celebrate the Chinese New Year. As well as being great fun, it was the perfect opportunity to support some amazing charities locally.”

The proceeds from the event are to be split between the Lord Mayor Charity Appeal – this year helping Teenage Cancer Trust, the Merseyside branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), Alzheimer’s Society and The Reader Organisation – and the charity Housing People, Building Communities.

Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp CBE, who attended with her husband Cllr Richard Kemp, said:

“This is a fantastic way to raise money and awareness for some very worthy charities while celebrating Chinese New Year. Liverpool has long had historic links with China and holding a fabulous fundraiser at the waterfront gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate and strengthen those links.”

The award winning organisation Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC), who are building 32 low-cost homes off Kingsley Road, will also benefit from funds raised at the event.

HPBC Chair, Rev’d Canon Shannon Ledbetter, said:

“We’re extremely grateful to the Chung Ku restaurant for holding this event and making us one of the main beneficiaries. It was an excellent opportunity for people from in and around the city to enjoy a fantastic evening welcoming in the Year of the Ram. whilst helping so many good causes at the same time.”


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Words: Peter Cribley

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