The Council of Turkish Cypriot Associations UK (CTCA) is organising a special community picnic for the Bank Holiday weekend to commemorate Victory Day in Turkey.
The fun day will take place on Blackheath, in South East London, on Sunday, 29 August. The community get together, which is free to attend, will also double up as a fundraiser for baby Asya in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, who is suffering from SMA Type 1 (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) and urgently needs lifesaving treatment (‘“Every donation offers a lifeline for baby Asya” says aunt behind urgent fundraising appeal, 15 July 2021).
Everyone is invited to bring a “blanket and basket”, with their own food and drinks, and be part of a big CTCA “family picnic”, which starts at noon on Sunday and runs until 3pm.
The picnic spot in the park is opposite where Köy Grill restaurant is situated, for those who in need of a local landmark, or if you suddenly find the need to purchase some additional tasty Turkish nibbles.
There will be a big prize draw at 3pm, with all proceeds going to the Baby Asya fund. There are also funfair rides to keep the family entertained.
Each year, Victory Day (Zafer Bayramı) is celebrated on 30 August in Turkey and North Cyprus. After three hard years of combat against numerous foes all across Anatolia, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk led Turks to a stunning victory in their War of Independence in August 1922.
The Turkish army fought a series of decisive battles against the Greeks in and around Dumlupınar, near Kütahya in western Turkey, forcing them to retreat on 30 August. The withdrawal of Greek troops essentially brought the Battle of Dumlupınar to an end, and with it a huge victory for the Turks, who had freed Anatolia from multiple foreign invading forces, including Britain, France and Armenia.
Title: Victory Day
Date: Sunday 29 August
Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Venue: Blackheath Park
(Opposite Köy Grill – 10 Royal Parade, Blackheath, London SE3 0TL)
For more info: telephone 07905 019 201 or email email@example.com