The annual Borama Comes to Henley event which is normally a colourful music and dancing affair will be a more subdued event this year after there was a devastating cyclone in the region at the end of May.
Henley has had a friendship link with Borama in Somaliland since 1982 which was established by the then Mayor of Henley, Dr Noel Snell, at the suggestion of Henley residents Malcolm Page and Michael Walsh, both of whom had lived in Borama.
The cyclone, described as the strongest ever recorded in the Horn of Africa, formed in the Gulf of Aden and has affected Djibouti and Somalia as well as Somaliland. Estimates of the dead in Somaliland vary from 16 up to 60. In addition, livestock have drowned and crops, homes and infrastructure have been destroyed.
The fundraising picnic will take place tomorrow (Saturday 14 July) on Mill Meadows with fundraising activities on the bandstand between 2-4pm. The Mayor, Councillor Glen Lambert will attend at 3pm.
Money raised will go towards helping people who have been affected by the cyclone.