Gambia Gala Night
Almost £1500 was raised on the evening of Saturday 17th September when a Gala evening was held in aid of the Gambia Project.
In December this year a team of four staff and twelve Sixth Form students are visiting The Gambia in West Africa. Over the next nine months the team aim to raise a total of £5000 to finance a number of projects. All the money raised will contribute to the updating and equipping of a Nursery School in the Gambia, called ‘Mama Tamba Nursery School', built with monies raised by Withington pupils in 2007. This year, the aim of the group is to develop the school further, by constructing an outdoor play area and building and equipping a new classroom. The group also hopes to secure more school resources as well as to continue to sponsor two members of staff and four pupils.
Guests at the evening enjoyed drinks, a Gambia-themed three course meal expertly prepared by Head of Food and Textiles Mrs Julie Healey and her team and a prize raffle. Entertainment was provided by Gambian dancers and drummers from Santa Yalla Arts, a West African drum and dance company based in Manchester, who taught guests how to dance ‘Gambian Style'. The African-style music inspired 'interesting' dance moves much to the amusement of the dancers and those looking on!