Indian School Bahrain hosts its annual summer Mega Fair
Time Out Bahrain staff
The Indian School Bahrain is no stranger to organising big events, or those that aim to raise money for a good cause. It is now looking to involve its staff and pupils once again in its annual Mega Fair, to be held later this month. Taking place from June 23-24 at the Isa Town campus, the event aims to raise money for the school’s Diamond Jubilee building, to be constructed to accommodate its growing number of students. The structure is to be built at an estimated cost of BD400,000 to mark the school’s 60th anniversary.
There are other initiatives surrounding the event that will also help raise money. For example, a special souvenir magazine of the event will be available, with money not just from copy sales going towards the cause, but also from the advertisements of the various sponsors.
We got in touch with the honorable chairman of the school, Mr Abraham John, to give us more details as to what is planned. He told us that the school has been conducting fairs for fundraising such as this, to help those students in need, for many years. And with around 8,500 students participating this year, this event promises to be bigger and better. ‘We are raising money to build our Diamond Jubilee building,’ Mr John confrims, ‘and the management has decided to raise funds for this from other sources rather than use the existing reserves of the school. Another reason for opening a new campus is the strength of the school, which has outgrown its existing capacity, and to meet the increasing demand of admissions. The construction of the new building becomes mandatory.’
As well as gathering funds for the building, the initiative will also raise cash for sponsorship, helping students who are unable to afford the regular school fees. The overall target is BD80,000 at the event, with part of that being used for fee concession programmes, providing financial aid to around 400 students. ‘All these children are members of our community, and the building is being constructed so that more children can join us to fulfil their dream of acquiring a distinct education at a very affordable cost,’ Mr John adds.
But what is it members of the public can see over the two days, to encourage them to part with their cash? Apparently, the fair will feature a number of carnival games and activities, organised by the students and teachers. These will include skill games, second-hand goods stalls, and stands for promotional items, including henna, face painting, bouncy castles, food stalls and more. Another highlight will be the Indian food festival, which will showcase an array of cuisine prepared by chefs from across India.
A musical evening awaits all of the attendees too, as there will be performances by south Indian artists such as Ranjini Jose, Anoop Shankar, Manjiri and Mohammed Aslam, with a live orchestra performing on both days. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 will take to the stage also, and present a number of cultural performances, including patriotic songs, skits and traditional Indian, Arabic, Western and cinematic dances. And the fun doesn’t stop there, with more excitement courtesy of the raffle draw, taking place on the second day, with one lucky winner getting to drive away with a brand new Toyota RAV 4.
‘The students are thrilled,’ says Mr John. ‘They pride in helping others. They realise that they are reaching out to children just like them, to help them acquire the knowledge and skills they possess. The students have considered the sale of tickets as a competition, and we like the spirit, as in this process they are not only helping, but also learning to communicate, express and convince.’
The students and teachers are also looking beyond the fair itself in order to raise money, and the School Staff Club has already organised a fund collection drive. In the process of collecting donations, the members are trying to pitch support from big corporate sponsors too, and parents and community members have also expressed their willingness to sponsor some students directly.
If you would like to help out, then it is possible to purchase tickets and attend the fair, or donations can be sent directly to the school office. Mr John reflects on the interest that has been generated so far, and is looking forward to the school accomplishing its target successfully.
The Indian School Summer Fair takes place June 23-24, 8am-10.30pm. Stage performances both days from 8pm. More info from the Indian School Bahrain (17 684 166).