The 24th April 2014 will mark the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza garments factory collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh, where over 1,100 people died and over 2,500 more were injured. Most of the people who died were female garment workers. These women were mothers, daughters and wives and the tragedy of their death has left a massive hole in the lives of their families. The majority were mothers and now their children are being raised without them.
This anniversary will be marked in various ways all over the world. Raising For Rana, a not-for-profit initiative has teamed with War on Want, TRAID and the documentary film production company Rainbow Collective CIC to put on a large scale charity fundraising event in London on the day. This will feature the premiere of Rainbow Collective’s brand new not-for-profit documentary film about the aftermath of the disaster and the direct impact it’s had on the families affected. All profits raised from the event will go directly to the families most in need and will make a huge difference to their lives.
Raising for Rana will showcase companies who are producing their goods ethically and there will be some great auctions, raffles and giveaways at the event (line up TBC). The Fableists are donating a selection of our clothing to benefit the cause.
This amazing event is still in the planning stages. Venues, format, catering, schedules and everything else is still being decided. There will be more updates soon, but in the meantime, if your company can help by donating food, drinks, entertainment, décor, rentals, lighting, sound equipment, or anything else required for a large scale event, please get in touch with the organisers via their web site.
Direct donations are also always welcome and they can be made online here.
Follow all the action via Raising for Rana’s twitter feed at @raisingforrana