13 February 2013

Gambia: Organisers Brace Up for APRC 'Peace Dinner'

Organisers of the much awaited fundingraising musical extravaganza of the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) dubbed "peace dinner" are leaving no stone unturned in making the event a success, as meetings and other preparations intensified over the past few days.

The Daily Observer Tuesday evening caught up with the chairperson of the party's Fundraising Committee, Fatou Lamin Faye, who is also the minister of Basic and Secondary Education, at the APRC Political Bureau in Kanifing where she indicated that preparations are at an advanced stage.

Minister Faye told this reporter that preparations are on track and that they have got confirmation of the arrival of the two main artistes for the event, Vivian Chidick and Philip Montero from Cape Verde.

"The venue for the gala dinner is at the Senegambia Garden on Friday, 15th February, and the dance will be held on Saturday at the Pencha Mii Hall of the Paradise Suites Hotel in Kololi," she disclosed.

The ruling party's fundraising chair underscored that the initiative is meant to raise funds so as to ensure that they are able to comfortably fund the upcoming April 4th Local Government Elections.

"We thought we need to bring the party supporters together to wine and dine with our president, have fun and generate income for the upcoming Local Government Election. The upcoming poll is as important as that of the Presidential and National Assembly because it is the Local Government Election that determines the councilors that work at the grassroots. If we are to eradicate poverty, we have to make sure that we focus attention on the grassroots," she said.

Minister Faye continued: "I am even led to believe that the dance is going to be even more enjoyable, though it is not a gala dinner but then the artistes will have more time to entertain whoever buys a ticket. This will also create the opportunity for them to dance and enjoy themselves.

"So we want to enjoin our well-wishers to buy a table. We have a platinum table for D50, 000 and platinum plus for D60, 000. So we calling on all APRC supporters and well-wishers to come and join us and support the party because it is a worthy cause."

She added: "The resources we are going to generate is not only going to be used for the elections, but we will also use part of it to fund other activities of the party in the areas of education, women and youth empowerment, agriculture and health. These are key issues that the APRC is giving a lot of attention to. Some individuals have even donated some money. It is a big number and I cannot enumerate them. We want to treat people specially and be rest assured they will have a great evening on this day," she concluded.

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