Fundraising event in Downham Market to help vulnerable African children

A fundraising event is being held in Downham Market next month to raise money to help vulnerable children living in Africa who are being tortured and abused.

The event is being held in the town hall on Saturday, February 5 and is being organised by one of the town's newest shops, Positive Impact Worldwide, which opened in the High Street in November.

Organisation founder Enobong Akpan-Etuk is inviting people along to the event to watch the documentary Saving Africa's Witch Children.

The documentary shows how in some of poorest parts of Nigeria evangelical religious fervour is combined with a belief in sorcery and black magic and many thousands of children are being blamed for catastrophes, death and famine and branded witches.

These children are then denounced as Satan made flesh by powerful pastors and abandoned, tortured, starved and murdered.

The documentary inspired Mr Akpan-Etuk to launch Positive Impact Worldwide last February and today the not-for-profit organisation is pushing to raise �5,000 to obtain charitable status.

Next month's fundraising event will run from 12pm to 4pm and also features a performance by The Anglia Accents. Entry is free but donations will be collected at the door. Mr Akpan-Etuk, who grew up in Nigeria but moved to England in 2004, said: 'I am really hoping this event will help raise awareness of what I want to do.'

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For more information about the organisation visit www.positiveimpactworldwide.org or call the shop on 01366 385855.