Come November the 7th, 2010 from 1pm till 7pm, for the second year running, George Square in Glasgow will play host to ‘Diwali at the Square’, an exciting and colourful event which celebrates the Indian festival of light, otherwise known as Diwali. Joining the festivities this year in an attempt to raise money and awareness for their cause, will be Glasgow’s The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice
Diwali at the Square will not only provide an afternoon of authentic entertainment but will also be a chance to learn more about the charity involved. The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice was established to help patients achieve the best quality of life possible in whatever time remains for them. Where it may not be possible to add days to lives, they aim to add life to days and as a registered charity, their care is free of charge and so they heavily rely on public donations to supplement the money given to them by the NHS.
Barbara Love, Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Hospice said;
“The Hospice provides care and support for our patients and their families and aims to add life to days, therefore, we are delighted to be the nominated charity for such a bright and vibrant event which will no doubt add a great deal of light and colour to Glasgow’s city centre on Sunday.”
The cost of keeping the hospice open, free of charge is an estimated £4 million this year alone and despite generous support from NHS Greater Glasgow £2.6 million must come from voluntary contributions and fundraising activities. Business Development Director of Oceanic Consulting, Amit Arora gave his support to the charity;
“At the moment the hospice must raise over £7,000 every single day just to keep the doors open. Hopefully, as a charity partner to Diwali at the Square 2010, the hospice can raise substantial awareness to their cause, in order that it can remain open for the foreseeable future.”
This year’s Diwali at the Square hopes to be as successful as 2009, which saw over 3000 visitors enjoying authentic entertainment over the day. With an opening ceremony by the Hindu Temple of Scotland entailing of Bharathanatyam (Folk Dance) performances and Pooja (prayer readings) followed by an interactive Bollywood dance workshop, fire breathers, face painting and a variety of stalls selling clothing, jewellery, sweets and foods, on the 7th of November 2010, George Square is sure to be lit up with a true flavour of South Indian Culture.
More information regarding Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice and ways to get involved, can be found at http://www.ppwh.org.uk
More detailed information regarding the ‘Diwali at the Square 2010’ event, including sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities can be found on the website http://www.hungamafestivals.info/diwali/