Leicester Mercury 16 August 2010
Syed's halfway to charity total
A restaurateur has reached the halfway mark in cooking up £100,000 for charity.

Syed Rahman, who runs the Cuisine of India curry house, in Wigston, set himself the tar­get five years ago and hopes to beat it by 2012. mercury 16 aug 2010The 39-year-old has been holding regular fund-raising nights on Mondays, with money from the evening going to various charities - including Leicester Animal Aid, Loros, Menphys and the Rainbows children's hospice.
The latest, which took place last week, raised £570 for the Glenfield Project, a centre which provides residential breaks for children and young people with severe learning disabilities and complex health care needs.
Mr Rahman's efforts have seen him collect £40,000 over the last two years and he is confident of reaching his goal.
He said: "We've been holding more of these nights recently because I want to get to my target. If you have a goal, then you must try to reach it.
"But I'm very proud we have got halfway now. I must say thank you to all the people who have been involved and helped out because it couldn't have been done without them. The day I reach £100,000 I will be the proudest man on the earth because I love helping people and doing things for the community I live in."
Mr Rahman started running his charity nights after raising money for the victims of the 2005 South Asian tsunami while he was co-owner of the Little India restaurant, in Arnesby. He says he will continue fund-raising even if he passes the £100,000 mark.
He said: "I could not stop. I really enjoy doing these so I will keep trying to raise money for charity. There are many nights where I actually lose money but that's not important to me."
Loros fund-raiser Nancy Taylor praised the curry house's efforts and wished Mr Rahman luck on getting to his £100,000 target. She said: "It's just fantastic what he has done for the community and all the charities since he started, including Loros."We really hope he can continue and reach the target, which is a very large amount for one person to raise."
Interested charities who would like to raise money at one of Mr Rahman's events can call 01162811926.