THE Mayor of South Tyneside’s charity appeal is set to receive a boost by the power of two, thanks to a borough businessman.
Aklasur Rahman, owner of Rice ‘n’ Spice, has agreed to allow Coun Ernest Gibson to leave one of his collection tins on the counter of his takeaway.
And for every penny raised through the generosity of customers at his takeaway, in Binchester Street, Simonside, South Shields, Mr Rahman will double it.
The move is just one of a number of ways the businessman is hoping to support the Mayor’s charity, which is raising funds for Cancer Connections, St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, the Great North Air Ambulance and the Cystic Fibrosis Fund.
Monawar Al-Jabar, a local fundraiser who introduced Coun Gibson to Mr Rahman said: “For the business to support the Mayor’s charity, it’s a worthy way for us to put something back into the community, a community that has been great to us.
“We are looking to produce a number of special opportunities at the restaurant, where the proceeds will all go to the Mayor’s charity.
“These will include one-off events and competitions. We have even agreed with the Mayor, whatever the restaurant’s customers manage to raise, we will double the amount.
“We are really looking forward to taking part in the fundraising activities and helping towards what the Mayor is aiming to achieve.”
Coun Gibson has been visiting businesses across South Tyneside to ask to leave his collection tins as part of his penny pot challenge.
He hopes having collection tins on the counters of shops and takeaways will encourage customers to drop in their small change to help boost the total collected for good causes.
Coun Gibson said: “I am extremely grateful to all the businesses who have offered to support my charity this year by allowing the collection tins to be placed on their counters and in their receptions.
“And the offer of doubling what is raised at Rice ‘n’ Spice is incredible.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the manager of Rice ‘n’ Spice and Monawar for their generosity and their support.”
With the help of the takeaway, Coun Gibson has also created his own medium-spiced dish for people to buy, and a percentage of the money made from the sale of the curry will be donated to the Mayor’s charity.
Mr Rahman said: “When the Mayor came in with Mr Al-Jabar and asked if we would support his charity, we decided to go one better and asked if he would be interested in making a curry which will be sold to raise money for his charity. We are always looking for ways to support the community.”
Once the curry was made, the Mayor was able to try the dish, made with chicken and containing a blend of special spices, bay leaves, a cinnamon stick and garlic.
Coun Gibson added: “The dish they have helped me to create is delicious, and it’s great a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the curry will go to the Mayor’s charity.
“I hope the curry will tantalise the taste buds of the people of South Tyneside, as the more people who buy it, the more money will be raised.”
The curry can be ordered from Rice ‘n’ Spice by calling 454 4544 or 454 5755.