Bollywood Extravaganza

Come shake and shimmy at the Bollywood Extravaganza, 7pm this Saturday 28 November at the Hilton Park Bowling Club in Beaconsfield.

Organised by Ian Butler and Cate Williams, the night is a fundraiser for the Rural Agency for Social and Technological Advancement (RASTA). Delicious curries and cheap drinks will be available to buy, and Indian dress is encouraged, so get your Bolly on and come on down for a fun night. Entertainment includes fabulous Bollywood dancers and drummer, live music from Dilip ‘n’ the Davs and The Last Five Coins, a raffle and a silent auction. The MC is the amazing Jane Cornes.

Omana (right) with a tribal woman

RASTA is a non-government not for profit organisation in India. It was established in 1987 in Kerala by Omana T.K., a passionate and dynamic advocate for women’s empowerment. Since its inception, RASTA has been committed to empowering tribes, economically and socially disadvantaged women and marginalised farmers, as well as preserving the natural environment of southern India.

A RASTA-funded tribal house

A RASTA-funded tribal house

RASTA has completed over eighty projects on topics including education, housing, sanitation, tribal development, farming, waste management and environmental protection. Omana is now encouraging local women to train in solar technology, and solar lights have been installed in 145 village homes. More information about RASTA can be found on the website:

http://www.rastaindia.org

Due to the global financial crisis and aid agencies withdrawing from Kerala, funding to RASTA has dried up. Far from giving up, Omana wants to open a homestay and eco-tourism business to develop financial sustainability so RASTA can continue to help the disadvantaged local community. Increasing the number of guests who stay at RASTA will also provide employment for the local community.

Omana with a women’s group in the round house

Omana with a women’s group in the round house

Ian and Cate volunteered at RASTA last December where their tasks included writing promotional material to attract more volunteers and funding, painting rooms and clearing a vegetable patch for planting.

“We visited some of the local tribal people whose sturdy homes had been built from RASTA-funded projects and were humbled by their generosity,” said Ian. “When we saw first-hand how much RASTA has helped the local community we offered to organise a fundraiser in Australia.”

Tickets are $25 and all profits go towards future community projects at RASTA. To donate prizes, buy tickets or for more information, visit the Facebook page: Bollywood Extravaganza: Fundraiser for RASTA, call 0414 870 570 or email lizu.uk@gmail.com

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