The Fed swears by Geldof

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - JC RE­PORTER

SIR BOB Geldof used his leg­endary fundrais­ing kills to prof­itable ef­fect for The Fed — Manch­ester Jewry’s lead­ing so­cial-care char­ity — last Thurs­day.

The hu­man­i­tar­ian cham­pion and Live Aid front man was guest speaker at The Fed’s din­ner at the Sheri­dan Suite, East­lands, draw­ing a sell-out crowd of over 600, in­clud­ing a num­ber of new Fed sup­port­ers.

Speak­ing with­out notes, Sir Bob en­ter­tained his au­di­ence with a 45minute ad­dress con­tain­ing only a small num­ber of his trade­mark ex­ple­tives.

Re­call­ing that his own com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of oth­ers dated back to his teens — when he helped the home­less in his na­tive Dublin — Sir Bob high­lighted the cyn­i­cism of those who dis­tanced them­selves from “what’s right to do”, see­ing it as the state’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“This is not enough,” he de­clared. “Fig­ures are be­ing cut and we can’t al­low this to hap­pen.” He im­plored guests to do­nate to the cause “with great gen­eros­ity”. They re­sponded by meet­ing The Fed’s £500,000 tar­get for the din­ner. And many din­ers made three-year com­mit­ments to the char­ity.

Out­lin­ing the breadth of The Fed’s work, chair­man des­ig­nate Mark Adle­stone spoke of the strug­gle to fi­nance es­sen­tial ser­vices at a time when de­mand was greater than ever. Con­straints on lo­cal-author­ity spend­ing had con­trib­uted to a short­fall which The Fed had to meet.

Al­though de­lighted by the “phe­nom­e­nal” re­sponse to the din­ner, chief ex­ec­u­tive Karen Phillips warned: “All that means noth­ing un­less peo­ple heed Sir Bob’s mes­sage. The com­mu­nity re­lies on us but we won’t be here in five years’ time un­less peo­ple give us their back­ing — and stay with us.”

PHOTO: LAWRENCE PUR­CELL

Sir Bob Geldof with The Fed’s Fran Heilig, Gill Cooper, Rochelle Bro­man and Carol Mof­fat

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