By Margaret Sheard ….
After the awful weather we have been experiencing in North Cyprus, everyone was so thankful that the sun was shining brightly on Sunday 21st April for the fundraising event at Jessic Restaurant and Bar in Karsiyaka.
The event was in aid of the Karsiyaka School children which is a project of Mus Aziz of Jessic Restaurant under the banner Jessic’s Friends of Karşiyaka School children and was a BBQ, auction, raffle and entertainment from 1pm and continuing into the evening. Mus has the support of his son Deniz Aziz, Malcolm Mitcheson, James Patterson, Ian Williams, and many others and they have already made a huge difference for the benefit of the children at Karşiyaka School.
The BBQ was filling the air with a lovely aroma when we arrived and although we hadn’t intended to eat we were tempted and enjoyed a delicious selection of plated food. We were told that 5TL from each meal would be donated to the fundraising event.
We spent some time looking at the many raffle prizes and also the 60 items which would be under the hammer at the auction. We said hello to Amanda Fiora who was in charge of the Make Me An Offer stall, and I managed to find something to buy. It was nice as usual to see some familiar faces and have a chat with people who had come along to support the event.
There must have been in excess of 150 people gathered both inside and outside to enjoy the day, so it was a brilliant turnout.
The ex-auctioneer, Karl Rugg, arrived for the auction, which started a little later than intended, but he soon got into full swing egging the guests on to bid as high as possible. With the 60 items up for auction, it took rather a long time to get through them all and unfortunately we were unable to stay to the end.
Following the auction and raffle, Peter Dawson would be entertaining with some of his nice and easy favourites. Having seen him perform previously, I am sure the guests had a very enjoyable evening.
We received the results of the fundraiser from Malcolm Mitcheson and Amanda Fiora which was a staggering 24,895TL, what a fantastic amount. Following is Amanda’s summary of the event.
By Amanda Fiora ….
Olive Press Lawn Bowls – Lapta
Amore Tanning and Beauty – Lapta
Hideaway Hotel – Karmi
Perris Fish Restaurant – Kervan
Baroosh Bar & Restaurant – Alsancak
Park Inn ‘Rock and Roll Bingo’ – Karsiyaka
Not forgetting the customers and friends of Jessic!
‘Jessic’s Friends of Karsiyaka School Children’ Society is very happy to announce that between Auction, Raffle, Bargain table, and individual donations, 24,895TL was raised at the Auction Day on Easter Sunday. Once again the generosity of the local community and Jessic’s customers has been outstanding.
The Auctioneer Karl Rugg did a wonderful job of whipping up enthusiasm on all the lots, and we would like a to say a special thank you to the volunteers who carried all the lots around the tables for viewing during the bidding. The ever-enthusiastic Ian Williams managed to convince patrons to painlessly part with almost 3,500TL for raffle tickets, and 1,695TL was raised on the ‘Make an Offer’ bargain table. Over 80 BBQ meals were served with 5TL from each adding to the total. DJ Steve and singer Peter Dawson provided quality entertainment for those who stayed to dance the night away (and many did!)
‘Jessic’s Friends of Karsiyaka School Children’ Society have been organising fundraising since October 2017, and have already successfully refurbished the Karsiyaka School Media Room, firstly redecorating then refitting with a projector and screen, laptop computers, storage furniture, and many English language children’s books. The second project of supplying educational Lego sets to support STEM learning was completed in February, and has been handed over to the school.
Jessic’s proprietors Mus and Deniz Aziz have confirmed that the next project is to provide a quality musical education for all pupils within the school, and ‘Jessic’s Friends’ are already meeting with the Head and Teachers from the School to move this forward.”