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Buy ‘Sometimes’ by Alexander d’Great in support of the Majonzi COVID -19 BAME Bereavement Fund
Alexander d’Great very kindly produced and recorded this beautiful memorial song to raise funds for the Majonzi Fund. It is available to purchase from streaming platforms. Please encourage others to purchase it and to play it at their memorial events.
Buy a limited-edition Adrinka Sculpture by renowned artist Carl Gabriel
Yansie Rolston a founder of BAMEstream and Patrick Vernon met with Carl Gabriel renowned Nottinghill Carnival Sculptor and Artist in Residence at The Yaa Centre in West London. Carl very generously donated one of his limited-edition sculptures of the Gye Nyame Adinkra symbol to the Majonzi Fund.
To raise some much needed funds this beautiful limited edition sculpture will be auctioned in the New Year, but we are happy to accept any favourable offers. Please contact Patrick Vernon for details or to make an offer email@example.com
Buy the Community Comfort Cookbook with over 100 recipes from the Diaspora
Chefs including well known James Cochran, Michael Caines and Ravneet Gill have contributed to this great downloadable cookbook – Community Comfort to raise money for two charities including our Majonzi Bereavement Fund.
The book which contains recipes and food-related stories from 100 Black, Asian and other Minoritised Ethnic people has been compiled by Caribbean food enthusiast and activist Riaz Phillips who says: “In this time of disarray, and when we can’t break bread with our loved ones, I wanted to do something which brought joy to as many people as possible. Food and recipes are how we connect, heal and mourn but also celebrate when things get better too ”
Buy an artwork by artist Henny Beaumont
This beautiful artwork is available through the Guardian Print Shop, and profits from sales will be donated to the Majonzi Bereavement Fund.
“I took my inspiration from medieval manuscripts. I wanted to create an image that felt precious and spiritual, that shone a light and memorialised the BAME victims of Covid-19.
The picture was created to recognises the contribution of the key workers who have died. Around the edges of the image is a border created out of the transport and NHS symbols, the professions of those who have been the worst affected.
The portraits are of (from left): Andrew Ekene Nwankwo, a nurse, Donna Campbell, a healthcare support worker, Belly Mujinga, a rail worker, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, a nurse, Ranjeet Riyat, a consultant in emergency medicine, Khulisani (Khuli) Nkala, a mental health nurse, Meks Nyack Ihenacho, a London bus driver.
Written in the background are all the names and occupations of people who have died. I have left room to imply that there are more names to come.
On a number of levels, I was very keen to support Patrick Vernon’s fund. From a personal perspective, as a family we have a huge debt of gratitude to the NHS. The Homerton ICU in London saved my daughter’s life. Before Christmas, we spent five weeks in intensive care with my daughter, who was on a ventilator with pneumonia. The ICU staff at the Homerton became like family to us, and when Covid-19 hit we felt intensely worried and upset for them, especially knowing how many fantastic BAME members of staff there were and how much more they were at risk.
I have been appalled by the government’s handling of the crisis and the unnecessary deaths caused by lack of PPE, planning and the late lockdown and, ultimately, the systemic racism that has caused so many unnecessary deaths. I am deeply saddened for all the families who are suffering with the loss of their loved ones. I hope this picture in a small way can help raise awareness and funds for the families who are in need.” Henny Beaumont
A billboard sized version of Henny’s artwork can be seen in Newington Green in North London.
Buy ‘Sun In The Rain’ by London Community Gospel Choir in support of the Majonzi COVID -19 BAME Bereavement Fund
The London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) has gifted a promotional song “Sun in the Rain” to support the Majonzi Fund .
Patrick Vernon, OBE said: “This is fantastic that one of the most successful and respected Gospel Choirs in Europe are supporting the fundraising efforts as part of the community response to COVID-19. Having lost a family member to COVID-19, it is important that families and local communities have the support around bereavement counselling and the opportunity to commemorate the life of loved ones’.”