A popular Leicester restaurant is today, (Monday, February 13) holding a day of fundraising to help those affected by the devastating earthquake in Turkey. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands injured and displaced, in the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck in the early hours of Monday, February 6.
Keen to do something to help relief efforts, Konak Turkish restaurant in London Road will be donating all money taken today to the ‘Emergency Earthquake Appeal for Turkiye’ being organised by charity Suleymaniye Aid. The charity is providing shelter, food and other essential items to people in the affected area.
The restaurant will be open as usual from 12pm until 11pm and every penny taken today will go to the charity, owner Osman Macit told LeicestershireLive. In addition, all of the staff are volunteering their time and will donate their wages for the day to the fund.
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“Our homeland Turkiye is in desperate need of help due to the devastating earthquake that has shocked the world. Konak restaurant will donate all income generated on Monday, February 13. Our staff have decided to work on a voluntary basis to support the cause,” said Osman.
“Funds generated will be donated to Suleymaniye Aid. They will coordinate and deliver immediate aid to the victims to meet their survival needs of food, warm clothes and shelter.”
According to Osman, he and his staff are from a different region of Turkey and are not affected directly, but have friends whose families are affected. “When we think the size of this catastrophe, it breaks all our hearts, especially while we are here and can’t help them on the ground.”
Addressing potential customers, he added: “We all have a duty to help everyone affected by the disaster and we hope that we can rely on your support.”
Konak is at 136 London Road, Leicester.
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