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St Christopher’s Day Dinner

St_Christophers_Day_DinnerFor the first time ever we held the St Christopher’s Day Dinner actually on the day – at least as it is celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The 25th July – St Christopher’s Day in the Western Calendar is not conducive to the expatriate diary.

We had a great turnout – 220 people having booked tickets with Ambassadors from the USA, the UK, The Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and the First Secretary from the Indian Embassy and United Nations representatives. Our speaker was HRH Princess Madawi Abdulrahman Al Saud who was interviewed about human trafficking by David Axtell. She followed a presentation by SpeakerMarietta Dias from the Migrant Workers Protection Society whose volunteers do such valuable work keeping a spotlight on the needs of the migrant workers in Bahrain.

We followed up the dinner with a Living Room Dialogue with Princess Madawi in a more relaxed and informal way and there was clearly some very valuable networking taking place over the weekend: lawyers offering their services, volunteers coming forward to offer time and a general raising of awareness that human trafficking is a serious and worldwide problem. The Cyprus dolls featured prominently on the tables and all thirty were sold and an interest by others in Bahrain to help Angela Murray with further marketing of them. All in all a very positive weekend.