Benefit night for the Syrian White Helmets on March 7th

On March 7th, Bonnington Chef Florence will be hosting a special event in benefit of the Syrian White Helmets:

When the bombs rain down, the Syrian Civil Defence rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need — regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.

As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortars a day land on some neighbourhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives, rolled out the back of government helicopters — bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens The White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble — fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved 40,823 lives — and this number is growing daily.

The White Helmets mostly deal with the aftermath of government air attacks. Yet they have risked sniper fire to rescue bodies of government soldiers to give them a proper burial.

The volunteers save people on all sides of the conflict — pledging commitment to the principles of “Humanity, Solidarity, Impartiality” as outlined by the International Civil Defence Organisation. This pledge guides every response, every action, every life saved — so that in a time of destruction, all Syrians have the hope of a lifeline.

The White Helmets mostly deal with the aftermath of government air attacks. Yet they have risked sniper fire to rescue bodies of government soldiers to give them a proper burial.

Bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters, students and many more, the White Helmets are volunteers from all walks of life. Many have paid the ultimate price for their compassion — 92 have been killed while saving others.

As well as saving lives the White Helmets deliver public services to nearly 7 million people, including reconnecting electrical cables, providing safety information to children and securing buildings. They are the largest civil society organisation operating in areas outside of government control, and their actions provide hope for millions.

The funds raised go towards treating injured volunteers and supporting the families of those killed.

The usual 3 course menu will be served on the night, with all profits and donations going to charity.

Menu will probably include dishes such as:

  • Thyme roast carrots and cauliflower with labneh, dukkah & pomegranate
  • Lentil and tomato soup with za’atar pita croutons
  • Squash, spinach and chickpea kibbeh pie with herb yoghurt and fattoush
  • Aubergine and green bean stew with vermicelli rice and tahini sauce
  • Tahini and halva brownie with yoghurt
  • Orange, saffron and pistachio raw cheesecake