The great Carrom Marathon on the 19th was a stunning success.
Raj of Carrom Cafe/Shop worked his way tirelessly through 50 carrom games, playing with all comers – from experts and enthusiasts to newcomers and babes in arms and children. The time for each game was recorded by 6 year-old Ruben, who ought to be taken on by the Olympics he was so utterly meticulous.
The winner – apart from Raj who raised £1,000 by his feat for Great Ormond Street Hospital – was the one who helped him clear all the pieces off the board most quickly. Two people battled it out for the prize – Joinul whose game with Raj took 1.23mins, looked like being the winner. But at the last minute, Eva from Sweden – who’d never played before but had been watching and practising all afternon – did it in 1.20mins. Paul of Carrom Cafe/Shop who’d partnered the Friends decided both should win a carrom board.
Thanks to everyone who made the day work (despite one short bout of rain) – to the trainers, Gihan, Manju and Vikram, who were led by our regular judge Mujibur Rahman; to Jaida and Abha for the samosa table; above all to Paul and the Carrom Cafe/Shop and the indefatigable Raj.
Our thanks to Mira Plus, at 50 Brick Lane, who kindly gave us a special price for our carrom bits in order to support the charity. And thanks to those who pledged money to go to children’s cancer research at Great Ormond Street – Laura Godfrey-Isaacs of Home Live Art, St Leonard’s Church, St Hilda’s East Community Centre, Kate Gavron, Rachel Whiteread, Margaret Drabble, Marcus Taylor, Ali Capellino, John Torode, Canary Wharf Group.