Osmani Trust in partnership with Serco Docklands held a day long promotion and fundraising event at the busy Canary Wharf Dockland Light Railway (DLR) station on Thursday 11th February 2010. The aim of the day was not only to promote the work Osmani Trust’s nine different projects but also to fundraise for the development of the new Osmani Centre.
The Osmani Centre once built will be a state of the art youth and community centre, providing a whole range of services for the local community. The development of the Osmani Centre has already started and work is expected to be complete early in the new year of 2011.
Fundraising at the DLR station started very early and the Osmani Trust monkey mascot was out to meet and greet the sleepy employees dragging themselves into work at 7:30am. It was a very cold day but the spirit of the monkey was to be seen by all as he paraded up and down the station concourse bringing smiles to hundreds of faces and also pounds in his bucket towards the collection.
David Godley, Managing Director of Serco Docklands, said "This is just one example of how we invest in our local communities and we’re really happy to have been able to support the Osmani Trust in this way".
Abdal Ahmed, Football Development Manager at Osmani Trust who was over seeing the event on the day said, “It was a fantastic opportunity for Osmani Trust to promote their work in a location where many might not be aware of the services available. We had a number of enquiries from passers by and many have shown a keen interest in using the services of Osmani Trust. The monkey was great; it brought a smile to so many people throughout the day and added some colour and character to the event”.
The day was very fruitful as we collected more than £350 towards to new Osmani Centre as well as awareness of the projects and community services to countless numbers of people passing through Canary Wharf.
If you would like to find out more about the services offered by Osmani Trust or the new Osmani Centre than please contact Abdal Ahmed on 020 7247 8080 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.