"I have been a street girl since my father made a woman of me. I carry on in the world but I am really dead."

"I have been a street girl since my father made a woman of me. I carry on in the world but I am really dead."

The Consortium for Street Children (CSC), the only global network promoting and protecting the rights of street children across the world, will be holding a high profile celebrity gala event:
“The Graffiti Ball” taking place on Friday 7th November 2008 at Sofitel Hotel, London’s Heathrow Terminal 5.

Hosted by Surina Narula MBE and Max Mongia who are respectively Co-Chair and Trustee for CSC, the “The Graffiti Ball” aims to raise awareness of the plight that street children face on a global and national level.

The unique theme of the event is Graffiti, not only to raise awareness of the work of the CSC but to celebrate street culture and its growing influence on the international art scene. The view of Graffiti is often mixed, negative or positive depending on how it is presented; street children are viewed as criminals, drug addicts or something best ignored and the ball mirrors the work of the CSC to develop a positive concept of street children which is one full of potential.

The event has strong support within the music, sports, fashion and art glitterati and will be attended by an array of international and British celebrities and high profile dignitaries including comedian Richard Blackwood who will be providing comic capers during the event and cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing superstar Mark Ramprakash. Six international design houses, including Rina Dhaka, Ritu Beri, Sonu Nilibar, Antonio Lucci, fashion label “OO” by Anoosh and Aftershock, will showcase new lines in a groundbreaking, first ever Graffiti-inspired BMX indoor fashion show. The cream of the outfits will be auctioned on the evening, amidst an explosive urban stunts show of street dancers and body lockers and poppers. The evening will be hosted by renowned TV and radio presenter Nikki Bedi, alongside Max Mongia and Surina Narula MBE, who have both raised millions of pounds for the charity.

The event culminates in a spectacular live auction which aims to raise vital funds for CSC. The auction will be conducted by noted former Christie’s Auctioneer Samir Sharma who will be taking bids on unique items including private ballroom dancing lessons with Karen Hardy of Strictly Come Dancing Fame, a day of golf with Mark Ramprakash, dinner for four with Sir Ian Botham OBE and many others.

In speaking about the worthy event, Co-Chair of the CSC, Ms Surina Narula MBE says: “It is a travesty that the numbers of innocent children continue to work helplessly on the streets of their countries. The injustices and hardships that they face go beyond belief and, rather than receiving the aid and support they need, they are subjected to lives of social rejection and deemed as deviants.The global community typically refers to “street children” as residing in developing countries and forget that developed countries such as the UK mask the growing problem, choosing to ignore it instead of addressing it.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with a strong committee of 68 volunteers which includes “The Next Generation” team – 26 younger members who share the same passion and vision on The Graffiti Ball. We are honoured to have these dedicated members on board and are proud of their ongoing endeavours and their relentless work in supporting the CSC by helping those who are less fortunate than themselves.

The Consortium for Street Children has been working conscientiously and collectively with charity organisations across 89 countries to create awareness in promoting the rights, development and protection of street children worldwide; embracing a common vision in creating a world where children have a voice… where children have a choice… and are protected from abuse and neglect.”

For invitation/donation enquiries for “The Graffiti Ball” please contact Jay Thaker on 07866 712756 or visit www.graffitiball.co.uk

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