City Pavillion, Romford, RM5 2BU
03rd September 2016
Single ticket: £45
Table for 10: £400
VIP table for 10: £600
RPFB 40th Anniversary Dinner & Dance
Saturday 3rd September 2016 – City Pavillion in Romford.
Bhavini Makwana from Dagenham who is registered Blind and has an eye condition
called Retinitis Pigmentosa since 1997, is organising a charity fundraiser on
Saturday 3rd September 2016 at the City Pavillion in Romford. The “RPFB 40th
Anniversary Dinner & Dance” evening will comprise of entertainment by Master
Kunal from MK Roadshow, Navin Kundra, Shreeya Makwana, Kuntals School of
Bollywood Dance, Comedy from Planet Parle and Anil Desai, Hosted by Alpa
Pandya (BBC Asian Network) together with a three course dinner to help share
messages about sight loss amongst the Asian Community.
There will also be an enjoyable Drama Production staged called “No Fear, when loved ones are near”
supported by Honey Kalaria, Bollywood Ambassador to the UK and performed by a
cast of sighted, partially sighted and blind people. The drama incorporates acting,
comedy, happiness, sadness and dance to help deliver a moving and interesting
story written by Safia Manize.
Recently Bhavini was presented with the “Prime Ministers Points of Light award” by
Samantha Cameron. This was awarded for all the volunteering work she does as a
member of the Helpline for RP Fighting Blindness, a Telephone Facilitator for the
Royal National Institute for the Blind, working as an Eye Clinic Support Services
Officer at one of Moorfields Eye Hospital Satellite Sites in East London and
becoming the founder of a group called “SocialEyes” to enable blind and partially
sighted people to network and socialise in the local area.
“It has been a very hard struggle growing up as a blind Asian girl, wife, daughter in
law, mother, bringing up children and now working full time. I came across a charity
called RP Fighting Blindness 4 years ago and they helped me cope living with my
sight loss, understand my eye condition as well as supported me to live my life fully
again”, shared Bhavini Makwana
She also received an invitation to attend the Anand Mela Show in Harrow to share a
poem about her eye condition, how it stopped Bhavini from going to University and
the impact it had on her life. Audience members came up to her and said it helped
them understand what it could be like, and were proud to see an Asian woman with a
white cane talking about something that others may be uncomfortable to talk about.
Bhavini had also organised an Information Day in April 2014 in Leicester where
various organisations that offer help and advice attended as guest speakers and
exhibitors; Inspirational speakers who were blind or partially sighted themselves were
invited to share their stories; Audience members were entertained with live dancing,
singing and comedy acts whilst funds were raised, and much more.
Bhavini started raising awareness of the “RP Fighting Blindness” charity and the
work they do, especially amongst the Asian Community to tackle their common
stigmas and taboos, and encouraging others to be comfortable about their sight loss.
She has set up a Facebook page called RP Awareness & Fundraisers by Bhavini
Makwana where Bhavini shares her experiences and offers advice to those with the
disability, as well as their family and friends. She regularly fundraises for the charity
“RP Fighting Blindness” to help them carry out clinical trials and research to find a
cure and treatment for the eye condition, as currently there is no cure.
This invaluable work would enable the charity to continue helping and supporting
thousands of other people affected with Retinitis Pigmentosa. To get further
information, sponsor, donate or purchase tickets for the “RPFB 40th Anniversary
Dinner & Dance” evening contact Bhavini Makwana on 07956 583 203