king raises £76,000 for tsunami victims in Sri
CURRY king Charan Gill is to visit tsunami victims in
Sri Lanka after raising £76,000 from a karaoke
night for entrepreneurs.
Curry boss Charan Gill
Mr Gill, who owns the Harlequin empire, invited 125
friends to a curry karaoke fund-raiser at his daughter's
restaurant in Glasgow to raise cash for the Hikkaduwa
Area Relief Fund.
The money raised was matched by a £25,000 donation
from Glasgow's Sikh community and the £100,000
donation will help build a school and orphanage for
needy kids in Hikkaduwa.
Entrepreneurs John Boyle Chris and Mary Gorman of The
Gadget Shop, and Jim McGonigle of Qube shoe shop were
among those invited to the karaoke night.
Mr Gill said: "I was watching TV when the phone
numbers came up to make a contribution. I was going
to call in and ease my conscience, but decided to call
my daughter Ceetl, who runs Curry Karaoke Club with
"I asked if I could borrow the club for a night.
We set a date and I texted a few friends. Within two
hours all the seats were gone." Every penny raised
from the £40-a-head event went to the fund. Staff
worked for free and suppliers donated stock.
The Hikkaduwa Relief Fund was launched last month by
Glasgow City Council Lord Provost Liz Cameron and businessman
Neil Butler to help the people of Hikkaduwa - an area
of Sri Lanka where 6% of the population died.
Mr Gill hopes a new primary school and orphanage can
be built with his contribution and has vowed to visit
Hikkaduwa in early March. He will also meet up with
Mr Butler, who has a hotel in the disaster-hit area.
Mr Gill added: "I promised everyone I would see
this through. I'm not one for just writing cheques.
"We need to do something for the children."
The Hikkaduwa Area Relief Fund currently stands at just
under £300,000. But once the latest donations
from Mr Gill, a recent chef's gala dinner and the World
is One concert are added, the figure is expected to
double. CURRY king Charan Gill is to visit tsunami victims
in Sri Lanka after raising £76,000 from a karaoke
night for entrepreneurs. (The Evening Time, Glasgow)
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