Rainham Mark‟s first ever India Day, on Tuesday 6th July aimed to raise money for charity and provide an insight into some of the fascinating Indian cultures and traditions which exist, and the combination of Indian food, quizzes, martial arts, dancing, and most importantly donations, made sure those roles were fulfilled. The days events kicked off in style with delicious Indian foods on sale in the hall, which proved very popular judging by the length of the queue! Meanwhile up on the stage, Mr Hardwick, Mr Bull and Mr Szczerbicki were busy getting in touch with their feminine sides being dressed up in Indian saris by a few lucky members of the audience. In spite of Mr Bull barely fitting into his sari, and Mr Hardwick actually quite suiting his, things ran smoothly. ∙∙∙∙∙∙ Lunchtime events over, the evening began with a short Indian drumming performance to draw everybody in, followed by an Indian themed dance put together by some of our very own pupils. When the mouth-watering smells wafting from the food tech room got demonstration, where the Indian dish aloo gobi was cooked and then best of all, taste-tested. A variety of eagerly awaited Indian snacks was then put on offer in the hall, and so, appetites sated, the crowd settled down to watch a spectacular martial arts display. The traditional Sikh martial arts group looked fairly menacing with their black outfits and their sharp swords, and at one point there were sparks flying (literally), much to the distress of those
people sitting in the front row, but despite appearances the display turned out to be mesmerising, with flawless timing and teamwork. If the displays and demonstrations werent enough, there wa s also a Traidcraft stall where you could buy Fair Trade goods to raise money for those in underdeveloped countries. There was also a henna painting stall which proved popular with the ladies, where traditional henna was used to create beautiful designs on peoples hands. All of the profits raised during the lunch time and evening events will go to the Naandi Foundation, a charity which operates in 10 states across India, promoting child rights, creating sustainable livelihoods, and lastly, providing a safe source of drinking water. Naandi - the Sanscrit word meaning „new beginnings‟, was founded in 1998, and the organisation aims to put an end to poverty and enhance the lives of those less fortunate. Even the smallest donation can make a huge difference, and as the organiser says, she “was very pleased with the turn out, and would like to thank everyone involved”, which includes everyone who made a contribution. The day was a great success, and we look forward to putting on even more exciting events, and raising even more money during next year’s India Day, but for now, well done to everybody who made the 2010 event such a success.