Brent Friends of Palestine Raise Funds for Gaza Trauma Center

Brent Friends of Palestine held a sell out concert for the Fridays of Joy project, in Gaza. (Photo: B&K Times)

Brent Friends of Palestine (BFP) held a sell-out concert in Charing Cross, London, in aid of the Fridays of Joy project, run by the Palestine Trauma Centre (PTC) in Gaza.

The organization aims to raise awareness of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as to provide practical assistance by raising funds for the Palestine Trauma Center in Gaza.

Performers at the event included singer-songwriters Frankie Armstrong, Janet Russell and Leon Rosselson, and professional violinist, Simon Hewitt Jones.

Dr Mohamad Altawil, director of Palestine Trauma Centre (PTC) was present and is expressed his delight at the amount raised.

The Fridays of Joy project, which has play-workers, clowns and therapists, goes into schools, communities and refugee camps to give children an experience of enjoyment and entertainment, which costs approximately £12,000 a year to fund.

Andrew Papworth, of BFP, said: “The situation in Gaza remains desperate, homes and schools have not been rebuilt because of the blockade on Gaza, water is contaminated and food is scarce. Families and children can be very despondent, their mental health is often damaged so this work and the therapeutic work of the Palestine Trauma Centre helps people cope.”

(PC, Brent and Kilburn Times)

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