BOXING legend Frank Bruno is the guest of honour at the Communities Together Multicultural Funday on Sunday 23rd August at Oasis Academy Wintringham, Grimsby and the event is promising to pack a real punch with plenty of activities, sports and exotic food to try out.
The event is Communities Together’s first multi-cultural funday, the group having helped previously successful Mela events at Meridian Park in Cleethorpes, as well as the Chinese New Year at Cleethorpes Memorial Hall.
Jill Wilson is the Project Manager for Communities Together and she spoke about her hopes for the event.
She said: “This is a new event for us and we are looking to raise awareness of equality and diversity in the region.
“Grimsby is a growing town and, with the advent of the energy estuary on the horizon, in the short-term we can expect a lot of people with different cultural backgrounds coming to the area.
“That is where something like Communities Together and our events comes in; each person is different but we all have similarities too and our funday will be about celebrating different cultures and bringing people together to share each other’s company in a safe environment, doing things that we all enjoy.”
And there will certainly be plenty to enjoy in an action-packed six hours at the Grimsby academy. The event will be opened by the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Cllr Cliff Barber at 11am and features sporting activities such as badminton, football and table tennis, the popular high wires, carrom boards, Bollywood dancing, Asian cuisine and a fairground, as well as Grimsby Town players attending – organisers have planned to have something for all ages to enjoy.
Michelle Donner is the Community Development Manager at Oasis Academy Wintringham and she is looking forward to planning and hosting the event.
She said: “Oasis Wintringham is about the hub and being part of the community, so it really is a natural host for the event.
“We already have a lot of sporting activities going on and this allows people the grassroots option of participation, not just being about competition.”
Of course the main attraction on the day is former WBC World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Bruno, who remains one of the country’s most treasured celebrities thanks to his charisma and outgoing nature, as well as his bravery in the ring during tussles with other greats such as Mike Tyson and Tim Witherspoon.
And he spoke about the significance of supporting events like the Multicultural Funday.
He said: “I believe in the importance of community cohesion and integration of all communities and supporting Communities Together and its partners in working towards ‘Equality for All’ to help build healthier and stronger communities.”
Jill added: “We want to break down misconceptions about cultural differences and realise that we are about caring for each other and making communities stronger.”
The event is free admission and gates open at 11am. Parking is provided on-site at £2 per vehicle, with additional parking available at YMCA Humber’s Peaks Lane Housing Project and Grimsby Institute.
For more information on the Communities Together Multicutural Funday, please visit their Facebook page or call (01472) 871811.