On August 5, The Harry Potter Alliance (HPA) joined forces with Two Friends’ Cauldron to host the first ever fundraising event that would enable us to tackle bigger problems of our society. For a bit of background, The Harry Potter Alliance is a global non – profit organization that works for social welfare, gender equality, and eradicating other social vices.
The fundraiser was a huge event for us as we started with zero and hoped to raise a minimum amount that would accelerate us. We brainstormed to find a venue and that’s where Two Friends Cauldron (TFC) came into our plans. TFC is a cafe, themed along the lines of the wizarding world in JP nagar, Bangalore. They liked our ideas and allowed us to host the fundraiser in their cafe.
People started filing in to witness and participate in the event as we started the proceedings by 5 PM. The first activity of the day was Bertie Bott’s Buzzer Bowl, which was a multi level written quiz competition and it drew maximum participation from the crowd. We had some really enthusiastic participants and after the first round, we selected 4 teams for the final round, where they could pick out a field of their choice from the Harry Potter universe and questions were asked based on that. After an entertaining half hour final round, the winners were announced and handmade gifts were presented to the winners.
We also had Wizards and Witches Quality Supplies that were stalls that sold everything ranging from dreamcatchers to pencil wands and HP inspired posters. All the items were handmade by the members of the HPA and boy, they were amazing!
There was also a tattoo corner in the cafe, where you could get temporary Harry Potter themed tattoos of your choice and it was a major crowd puller.
The next main stage event was Sonorous, the Open Mic. Our guest performer of the event was Aishwarya Suresh, a prominent figure in The Stage, Season 2. She enthralled the audience with her magical voice, along with her friend, who put up a blockbuster beatboxing performance. After her performance, many people came up and we had a mixture of performances, ranging from slam poetry to acoustic musicals. The performances went on for well over an hour as we concluded with Varshit’s spell-bounding performance.
The Open Mic concluded what was a great start to our efforts to bring artists and Harry Potter fanatics under the same roof and raising donations to accelerate the process of helping those in need and constructing a healthy atmosphere of giving back to the society. We aim to continue our initiatives with future campaigns of gender equality in the pipeline.
We would also like to take time out to thanks all those who graced the event with their presence and provided us with the much needed impetus. We hope that you will continue to do so and shower us with all the love. Until next time!