MAD-Aid ball raises funds for children in Moldova

By Richard Wright

Monday, February 8, 2016


MAD-Aid ball raises funds for children in Moldova

The James Bond-themed charity ball, organised by MAD-Aid at Lakeside Hotel in Wootton. From left, Veronica Kulikovsky, Jan Brookes, Sonia Da Silva, Alla Davis and Adele Da Silva.

A CHARITY’S word to support people with disabilities in Moldova was its bond, James Bond.

MAD-Aid held its fourth annual charity fundraising ball at the Lakeside Hotel at Wootton — with a Bond theme.

The black tie Saturday night featured a three-course meal, table magic, raffle, casino and charity auction.

Money raised will support the Phoenix Centre for disabled children in the north of Moldova, providing wheelchairs and medical supplies.

Based in a disused former school, the centre provides much-needed support and learning opportunities for about 20 children a day in one of the poorest countries in Europe.

As part of its work in Moldova, MAD-Aid opened the centre with the support of the Communication Workers Union Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA).

MAD-Aid founder, Moldovan-born Victoria Dunford, from East Cowes, said: "It brings tears to my eyes to see the development of the children in the short time that our professional staff have been working with them — and they love the time they spend with us."

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