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By Fiona Reid
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You shall go to the ball

PALS Graham Smith, left, of Lochmaben and Hardip Atwal, from Annan, this week launched their 2019 fundraising multicultural ball.

The charity event will return to the Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries on September 14 and tickets are on sale now from the pair. The night will feature a host of entertainment, including a piper, Scottish dancers, DJ Bazz and Indian drummers from Glasgow, Bollywood dancers Desci Nach and Eternal Taal from Birmingham, a raffle, auction and meal.

Hardip said: “Our multicultural ball two years ago was a great success and we raised thousands for our chosen charities, so we decided we would make it a biannual event.” This year they will be splitting the proceeds between Care of Police Survivors (COPS) and Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes. Hardip explained: “COPS is a charity we have always supported and the reason we started our events. It’s a fantastic organisation who provide care and support to families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. “Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes was set up by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites in Southwest Scotland and beyond. They rely on fundraising and donations to provide this fantastic service.

“We hope to raise as much as we can for both charities with all profits being split between them. When we get to hand over cheques to the two charities it makes all worthwhile.”

The pair are keen to hear from any local businesses who would like to donate raffle and auction prizes and they can be contacted via Atwal Stores in Annan or on 07796322012. Anyone wishing to reserve a place on the buses which will run from Annan Athletic is also urged to get in touch

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