Huge indoor fair for Palestine set for this weekend

Organisers are looking to raise at least £40,000 to fund an ICU ambulance for Gaza

Credit: WFIA

A huge indoor fair for Palestine will take place on Saturday (6th January).

Organised by the Waltham Forest Islamic Association (WFIA), the all-day fair will take place from 11am to 6pm at Ghousia Grove Road Hall in Walthamstow.

The fair will include stalls from a range of Waltham Forest businesses who have partnered with WFIA. A total of 44 stalls are confirmed, with “90%” being Waltham Forest businesses, organisers said.

Attendees will be able to purchase a range of gifts including homemade candles, Palestine merchandise, perfumes and attar while A film depicting the history of Palestine will be screened onto the hall’s walls.

The fair will also have a bouncy castle, face painting, arts and crafts, popcorn and candyfloss, hennah, and bubble tea stalls.

The event comes on the same day as local action across the country is set to take place. According to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s website, many of the proposed actions in London will target Barclays, which is accused of loaning millions of pounds to companies that supply the Israeli Defence Force with arms.

Speaking to the Echo, project director Arfan Abrahim said he hopes to raise at least £40,000 from the fair that will go towards the purchase of one intensive care unit (ICU) ambulances and medical supplies for Gaza.

Hoping for as diverse a crowd as possible, Arfan said: “We don’t want to alienate anyone; we’re keen to bring people under the banner of humanity. We’re human before anything else.”

The WFIA say that the aside from enabling transport, the specialist equipment in the ambulances allows for “rapid triage and roadside poly-trauma management of patients who have sustained catastrophic injuries” and will help to “save lives and limbs” from the ongoing Israeli bombardment.

Over 22,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed during the Israel-Hamas war, with at least 57,000 being injured. Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began after 1,200 people in Israel were killed by Hamas on 7th October.

You can make a donation to Waltham Forest Islamic Association’s Unite for Humanity campaign here

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