Balloons, magic tricks and delicious food helped the Crawley Bangladesh Welfare Association (CBWA) celebrate their role in Crawley’s community.
Dozens of families met at Maidenbower Community Centre on Sunday (June 15), welcoming special guests such as the town’s mayor Cllr Brenda Smith and MP Henry Smith.
CBWA chairman Qayyum Miah said: “We come together to report to the community the ongoing work of the CBWA and what we have achieved and then discuss the plans for the coming year.
“It is also to promote the importance of education amongst the young second generation Bengalis living in Crawley and to congratulate the young achievers.”
Those young achievers who had earned success at GCSE all the way up to degree level were recognised with the presentation of awards.
Mr Miah said: “These are young people who have progressed in their studies at an outstanding level and it is to congratulate them and their families and also show other youngsters that ‘effort achieves’.
“It is also a chance for everyone to celebrate together in their success.”
Mr Miah thanked the committee members who had made the day possible, including vice-chairs Moin Uddin and Siddek Miah, organising secretary Tauheed Miah and general secretaries Tarek Miah and Furkan Hassan Rasel.
He said: “They are the backbone of the committee and work tirelessly with me to make our organisation what it is today.”
Throughout the afternoon, the community centre was full of smiling faces, while toddlers and young children made the most of the bouncy castles which were set up in the courtyard.
Following on from the success of the day, Mr Miah said there would definitely be another fun day next year.
He added: “It is hugely important for the Crawley Bangladeshi community to work with other communities and ensure we bring unity and support that extends beyond just our organisation and help wider society.
“One of our core values is to bring awareness to our community through working with others within Crawley and establish strong bonds.”