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As featured in this weeks Midlothian Advertiser.
Restaurateur Matin Khan has made an arresting pledge to put smiles on young faces this Christmas.
Earlier this week, the boss of award-winning Dalkeith curry house Itihaas was on the run, expecting the long arm of the law to catch up with him at any second.
He told the Advertiser: “I don’t know if you have heard, but I have got myself into a bit of trouble and will have to answer for my crimes on Wednesday when I will be arrested by Lothian and Borders Police and taken to a secret location. You may ask ‘shouldn’t we just leave him there?’ but I think I have a lot more to give to society.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation has told Matin that it will bail him on Friday, but only if he manages to raise £2000 for the children’s charity, which helps children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.To help buy Matin’s freedom, visit www.just giving.com/MatinKhan.
Online donations will be entered into a draw to win a meal.
I don’t know if you have heard but I have got myself into a bit of trouble and will have to answer for my crimes on Wednesday 7th December when I will be arrested by Lothian and Borders Police and taken to a secret location in Edinburgh.
I know you may ask yourself “shouldn’t we just leave him there” but I think I have a lot more to give to society.
Make-A-Wish have told me that if I raise over £2000 they will release me on bail at 4.30pm that day.
All the bail money / donations are of course going to a wonderful charity, Make-A-Wish who grant truly magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses in Scotland.
For anyone who donates online I will put their name in a Prize draw to win a meal for two at ITIHAAS Restaurant. Dalkeith
Please dig deep and help me raise enough bail money to buy my freedom. Please visit www.justgiving.com/Matin-Khan – thank you and please pass this link on to friends and family!
Matin Khan is featured in this week’s Midlothian Advertiser on his favourite place in Midlothian, the National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange. Be sure to pick up a copy!
and give a gift that a will last a lifetime
“When I was blind I felt totally helpless. Now I can take care of my family again. Thank you!”
A campaign is underway, involving hundreds of leading Asian restaurants across the UK, which invites you to make a small donation to help restore sight to vulnerable poor people in Bangladesh.
At the end of your meal, a voluntary charge of £1 per table will be added to your bill (after service and VAT). You can easily opt out if you inform your table waiter that you do not wish to participate.
What is Vision Bangladesh?
Vision Bangladesh is a ground breaking partnership between BRAC and Sightsavers.
Our aim is to eradicate avoidable blindness in Sylhet by 2013 and across the whole of Bangladesh by 2020. We are already well on the way to achieving this ambitious task. Since January 2011, we have organised more than 21,000 successful cataract operations.
We need your help to continue our work and reach our target of performing 100,000 sight restoring operations in the division of Sylhet by 2013.
A simple 20 minute operation, costing only £20, can change a person’s life forever.
Donate £1 on your bill today – and give a gift that will last a lifetime.
Itihaas Restaurant proudly supports Vision Bangladesh.
Donate online at www.brac.net/visionbangladesh
Sightsavers Registered Charity Number/Reference:
England, Wales and Northern Ireland: 207544.
BRAC UK Registered Charity Number: 1115482
95% of the donations will go directly to deliver the Vision Bangladesh programme in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. BRAC UK’s fundraising costs are covered by the remaining 5%.
Indian restaurant boss Matin Khan faces a chilli night behind bars after agreeing to let police arrest him for charity.
In signing up to take part in a ‘Jail Break’ fundraising event, the dad of three, who runs Dalkeith curry house Itihaas, has agreed to spend a minimum 12 hours behind bars to raise cash for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The charity grants magical wishes to children and young people aged three to 17 who are fighting life-threatening illnesses.
With bail set at £2000, Matin will need to dig deep into his own pocket if no-one steps forward to help.
Full story in the August 25 edition of the Advertiser – out now.
On Wednesday 7 December 2011, Matin Khan of Itihaas restaurant from Dalkeith will be “arrested” by Lothian and Borders Police to participate in an organised jailbreak for charity. The aim is to raise £2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Scotland who help to make wishes come true for children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses in Scotland. Please dig deep and help us to smash that target of £2,000!
A JustGiving donation page has been setup to collect donations and it would mean a lot if you could make a donation, small or large. JustGiving will send all donations direct to the charity. Make sure to reclaim Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer.
Itihaas recently hosted a networking lunch for Midlothian and East Lothian’s Chamber of Commerce. Matin Khan also offered his insight to the success of Dalkeith’s popular Indian restaurant! Other than high quality Indian food and excellent customer service, customer engagement is very important!
“Engage in a dialogue, listen to them, encourage them to give you their feedback – negative or positive. Act on any criticism or worthwhile suggestion.”
Proceeds from the lunch where also donated to a charity chosen by the Chamber of Commerce – Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.
Read the full story in the Midlothian Advertiser dated 21 July 2011.
Gilmerton’s Gary Young, is another one of our sponsorees who we are proud to support. Gary is fighting on 27 August 2011 and we would like to wish him the best of luck!
You can read more about Gary and his possible future opponents using the link below.
Midlothian’s first Food & Drink Directory was recently launched by the Midlothian Tourism Forum and Midlothian Council. Itihaas, being one of the most popular and award-winning restaurants in Dalkeith, was at the launch.
We wish the best of success to this initiative to attract more visitors to Dalkeith.
Bangladeshi Meal Enjoyed By All
(transcript of press cutting)
International relations were cemented in an enjoyable visit by members and partners to the Itihaas restaurant. Proprietor Matin Khan, organiser Nigel Wilson and Rotary Club of Dalkeith president Hilary Watkinson are seen holding the Bangladeshi national flag.
In a welcoming address before supervising the serving of a superb meal, Mr Khan recalled how, having come to the UK 25 years ago not knowing a word of English, he had gone on to found the catering business now flourishing in Dalkeith.
He also used the occasion to announce a donation of £100 towards the club’s disasters appeal for which he was thanked by Hilary.