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Watford Borough Council Chairman supports Rwandan Sisterhood fundraiser

Recently appointed honorary Chairman of Watford Borough Council Cllr Asif Khan kicked off his charitable activities this month by supporting a fundraising dinner for one of the two charities he has pledged to support over the coming year.

The Rwandan Sisterhood, whose patron is Dame Helen Hyde, raises funds for 'mama packs' which are given to mothers who are 8 months pregnant. The pack contains all the essential things that a mother and baby need should the delivery be unassisted. The pack costs £25 and includes a hand knitted blanket – this is the first item these women receive that is new and that they can keep.
The fundraising dinner held at West Herts College on Thursday 6 June, raised just over £1,300 which will go towards this initiative.

The Rwandan Sisterhood also works to develop the women’s self-sufficiency skills by establishing knitting workshops. It supports a voluntary clinic in Kigali, a nursery school and a feeding project. Dame Helen leads visits to Rwanda where, for a week, she and volunteers help in these activities.

Chairman of the Council, Cllr Asif Khan said: "It is one of the charities that I am supporting. The work they do with refugees and the women in Rwanda is inspiring. It is a group that deserves support and reflects the inclusive values which our town promotes."