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By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Saturday, October 3rd, the International Club Rio (InC) will host Indian Night, a fundraiser for the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi. The event will take place in Leblon and feature Indian cuisine, Italian gelato, and a DJ spinning live during the evening.

Rashmy Naik offers her guests the chance to make and try a range of Indian foods, image by Authentic Indian Cooking
Rashmy’s Kitchen offers her guests the chance to make and try a range of Indian foods, image by Authentic Indian Cooking.

Rashmy’s Kitchen will provide the authentic Indian cuisine for the event and the menu will feature vegetable samosas, chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Biryani, Gobi Masala, vegetable Korma, mixed vegetable Raita, and fresh baked naan.

“Due to the shortage of great Indian restaurants in Rio, Rashmy is well known within the expat community as she delivers home-cooked Indian meals as well as hosts buffet luncheons and cooking classes at her home,” event organizer Anna Whyte told The Rio Times.

For dessert during the fundraiser, VERO Gelato Italiano, located in Ipanema, will provide special new, Indian inspired gelato flavors. With Barbara Olivi, founder of Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi, being Italian the tie-in of Italian gelato seemed like a perfect fit for the event.

Additionally during the night, DJ Saleem will spin the best of classic dance music to help get people moving on the dancefloor and there will be raffles with prizes including trips for weekends away. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi.

International Club Rio (InC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Brazil News
Guests enjoying a previous International Club Rio event in Rio de Janeiro, photo by InC.

“The International Club Rio (InC) has a long association with Il Sorriso, which is an educational facility for toddlers and has a program for teens at its Casa Jovem in Rocinha,” explained Whyte.

“The InC has a unique English language teaching program that was created by expat teachers from the U.S. and UK, that is specifically tailored to teaching English to kids of all ages (from toddlers to teens) using a dynamic, kinetic, interactive, fun, music and game based methodology that keeps the kids moving, thinking, learning and having fun.”

“The results have been amazing and mutually rewarding for the kids and volunteers,” Whyte continued. “In fact, as a direct result of the SpeakEasy program, two wonderful sisters, Jessica and Bianca, from ONG Il Sorriso who were clearly excelling in their learning of English during class with volunteers from the InC were invited to travel to the UK for three weeks intensive study and cultural interaction with students from the Richard Hale School in Hertfordshire.”

In addition to the SpeakEasy program, the Organic Kitchen Garden project, created by by Australian expat and botanist, Alice Frost, is held of the roof of Il Sorriso. The project helps to educate children, ages three to six, about the importance of nutrition, healthy habits, the environment and recycling.

The InC’s Indian Night fundraiser promises to be a fun night out as well as a great way to help support a good cause. All are welcome but an RSVP to Robyn at retho55@hotmail.com, is essential. Additionally, for more information about volunteering and the SpeakEasy program, contact Anna Whyte at whyteanna@gmail.com.

What: Indian Night, InC fundraiser for Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 8PM
Where: Private residence in the Zona Sul neighborhood of Leblon (address will be given once guests RSVP)
Entrance: R$175 per person (R$350 per couple) – RSVP required with Robyn at: retho55@hotmail.com

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