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Charity night aids quake survivors.

A COVENTRY restaurant held a charity night to help the victims of the Pakistan earthquake.

About 70 people were at the event at Desi Dish, in Far Gosford Street, which raised pounds 2,000 towards an appeal to help the people who were made homeless in the disaster.

Among the guests were the family of England cricket fast bowler Kabir Ali who live in Birmingham. Kabir himself is in the West Indies with the England A team.

Vijay Sharma, co-owner of Desi Dish, said: "I am from the Indian side of Kashmir and his family's from the Pakistan side, but this was about humanity."

Mr Sharma and the restaurant staff all worked for free. He added: "I am thankful to the people of Coventry for making it a success."

An estimated 87,000 people died in the earthquake which struck Kashmir in October.

About 250,000 people were made homeless and are living in makeshift camps.

It's feared that, in freezing temperatures, many more could die unless substantial amounts of aid reaches them.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 6, 2006
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