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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Parveen Hassan, Co chair Annual Fundraiser, Speaker: Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP 
Preparations are underway for Project Shapla 2019 as the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh group campaign continues to raise awareness of the social action areas  held in Bangladesh. The group champions the valuable role the British Bangladeshi community delivers with MP’s, and supporters from the Conservative voluntary party on campaigns across the UK. 

CFOB held the fundraiser to mark the successes of Project Shapla, the international social action project held in Bangladesh and the recent visit to see the Rohingya crisis with Conservative volunteers and Parliamentarians. Joined by CFOB Hon Vice Presidents Paul Scully MP and Bob Blackman MP. 

The formidable campaigning group, led by Chairman Mehfuz Ahmed, and his UK team of volunteers showcased its Bangladeshi grassroots activists and campaigners with an awards ceremony on its numerous campaigns and social action outcomes in education, sports and health.  

CFOB President Anne Main MP, Andrew Sharpe OBE, Parveen Hassan,
 Pamela Hall, Mehfuz Ahmed
I was delighted to co host the occasion with over 280 attendees. The event was proudly sponsored by Bangladeshi businesses, individual members and party volunteers. Speakers included Ministers Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, and Rt Hon Guy Opperman MP. They highlighted the efforts of the community and thanked supporters for their commitment to Britain and Bangladesh. MPs Tom Tugendhat MBE, Helen Grant MP, members of the voluntary party, and Chairman of the National Conservative Convention Andrew Sharpe OBE also presented speeches at the dinner with messages of support. 

Volunteering through social action is so important as we continue as a community to invest in Bangladesh through social investments and our charity work which is immense. 

Parveen Hassan and Tom Tugendhat MP
We also reiterate through our volunteering by raising awareness of the valuable contributions the British Bangladeshi community makes to the UK economy.

We collectively support Conservative associations and build our networks with a dedicated team of Bangladeshi volunteers, persistently helping the Bangladeshi community, and those unheard voices. As we build our connections, whilst showcasing our efforts on the Conservative values, and beliefs we strongly hold.

The campaign to raise awareness of the Rohingya crisis touched me deeply during the visit at Kutupalong refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar. Over 20 volunteers attended in September 2017 alongside parliamentarians. 

Andrew Sharpe OBE, Parveen Hassan, Pamela Hall,
Conservative Party
It was a remarkable evening to reflect on the successes both in Bangladesh and the UK.

We were very pleased by the generous support of members and guests who donated so kindly for Project Shapla 2019, in Bangladesh.

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