Restaurant fundraiser is a big success

Abu-Suyeb Tanzam gets ready for the Ghandi Indian Takeway Restaurants annual fund raising event in Fareham''.Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141356-1) PPP-141205-212331003
Abu-Suyeb Tanzam gets ready for the Ghandi Indian Takeway Restaurants annual fund raising event in Fareham''.Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141356-1) PPP-141205-212331003

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DOZENS turned out for an annual charity fundraiser in Fareham.

People packed into the Gandhi takeaway, in Anjou Crescent, as owner Abu-Suyeb Tanzam held the event.

And it won a big thank you from the mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford.

It was raising cash for her mayoral charities – the Rainbow Centre, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and RDA Tradissar.

She told The News: ‘It went really well, there were loads of people coming in.

‘They’re all very enthusiastic and supportive.

‘It’s a really special occasion – it’s really important.

‘It shows a commitment by Abu to the local community and that’s really special.’

Cllr Bayford added she had chosen to support the military charity after former mayor, alderman and sailor Ernest Crouch died last year.

The fundraiser, which ran from 5pm to 11pm, saw customers donate their change to the causes.

All the takings at the takeaway from last night will be donated to the charity.

And even Pompey legend Linvoy Primus made an appearance as he was promoting his charity Faith and Football.

Mr Tanzam said: ‘I want to put back to the community.

‘I like to do something with the local community and groups.

‘I believe that anybody who wants to can do charity work – they do not have to become a rich person to do it.’

He has run the annual fundraiser for eight years and last night donated a cheque for £900 to Cllr Bayford’s chosen charities.

But he told The News last night that if the evening raises more cash then he will donate more.

He added: ‘All money that I raise I’m giving to the charity.

‘I’m encouraging other people too.’

And he added it was a busy night, with plenty of people calling in and turning up to order food.

Mr Tanzam has run the Indian takeaway for 27 years and has put on a whole host of other fundraisers before he started doing the annual event.

Cllr Bayford added: ‘Abu’s a special man.

‘It gets local people involved and brings them some awareness.’

As reported, the Rainbow Centre launched a crisis appeal saying it needed £150,000 to keep running.