JOIN big names including Grayson Perry, Sir Michael Parkinson, Gareth Malone and Jay Rayner to help raise the roof for children in Afghanistan.
They will take part in a special variety night at Oxford’s New Theatre in a bid to raise enough money in one night to build a school in the war-ravaged country.
Promising to be an evening of entertainment and fundraising, the event takes place on Wednesday, February 28.
It will feature a discussion on art, identity and Afghan rugs with Grayson Perry; an interview with Sir Michael Parkinson on his career and love of cricket, while Jay Rayner will give his insights on dining nightmares. Gareth Malone will host the evening and also give a couple of performances himself.
Cash raised on the night will be donated to Afghan Connection, AC, which was set up by Dr Sarah Fane in 2002, following her time in Afghanistan as a doctor during the Soviet war and under the Taliban regime.
The charity aims to transform life opportunities for children in remote and underserved regions of Afghanistan through support for education projects.
Organisers hope to raise £121,500 to build six classrooms, toilet facilities and a security wall to help educate 192 children in Worsaj, a remote district in Takhar Province, North Afghanistan.
AC has built 46 schools for 75,000 children and renovated more than 70 other schools serving some 110,000 children.
Through its support, 1,000 teachers have received training and 2,700 children attend community-based education classes in areas where there are no schools.
For more information on AC’s appeal go to justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/afghanconnection/WereofSchool
For tickets for the Variety Night drop into the New Theatre box office, call 0844 871 3020 or view atgtickets.com/oxford