SEVENTY PEOPLE attended a fundraiser in Saddleworth to enable women in Gaza to access higher education.
Organised by Saddleworth Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund, the event’s keynote speaker was Dr Mona El-Farra from Gaza who is currently visiting the UK.
Dr El-Farra is a director with the Middle East Children’s Alliance and was instrumental in setting up the Scholarship Fund.
She spoke movingly about the current situation in Gaza and the importance of education in improving the life chances of young women in the area.
Several members of Dr El-Farra’s family were killed in the Israeli attack on Gaza last year.
Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, also attended the event and music was provided by local musicians Emerald Peak.
The event raised £955 to add to more than £5,000 already raised this year by group, which supports 40 women in higher education in Gaza.