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A big thank you

A big thank you to Tarsus who enjoyed a stay in French Alps Summer Chalets (usually costing £9k) which was donated by Sandy Angus.

 

A big thank you
2016 Summer Party
Kirsten's 4 Events Challenge
Tarsus Tool Tough Mudder
Thanks to our Fundraisers
Clarion Events' TPL Team Battles Through the Three Peaks!
Chris Hughes, Chairman of Events for Namuwongo Board Named Events Personality of the Year
Made it all the way to the top!
Wisley Winners Tee Off
Olympia London raises thousands for Uganda charity
Clarion Events Challenges 3 Peaks for Namuwongo
Bebs Does Kili
Pedal Power for Namuwongo
The Namuwongo Story - Video Highlights
April in New York in November for Namuwongo
The Tough Tough Mudders Team
A Recurring Dream
A new way to support Namuwongo Night, even if you can't make it!
An update on the power of your money so far...
I've been dreaming in alphabetical order...
Namuwongo Night 2014!
Confex to donate £5 for every new attendee
NEW YEAR NEW CHALLENGE
UBM's Incredible 4 run in Istanbul
ASP's ‘We Heart Events’ Bowling night
Wonga for Water for Wongo Day a huge success
Support for W4W4W at AEO Chairman reception
ESSA presented cheque for £2,426
UBM walk their socks of for Namuwongo
Team Herma's 300-mile cycle ride pays off
Three Go To Namuwongo
On The Ground - Mucunguzi Dan, a member of the Organic Recycling Team
IN THE ROUGH RAISES £2,550 FOR E4N
ON THE GROUND - KIIZA WANENDEYA IMMACULATE, COUNTRY DIRECTOR
ON THE GROUND - DDUMBEA RONALD, COMMUNITY TEAM SUPERVISOR
REAL LIVES, REAL CHANGE, A REAL DIFFERENCE...
GET IN THE ROUGH AND RAISE MONEY FOR EVENTS FOR NAMUWONGO
BRAND EVENTS BLAZIN SADDLES'S
TARSUS TAKES ON THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE
NAMUWONGO NIGHT RAISES A RECORD BREAKING £100,000
A NOTE FROM THE HIGH COMMISSIONER
APRIL WHITEHEAD APPOINTED EVENTS FOR NAMUWONGO SECRETARIAT

2016 Summer Party

2016 Summer Party

The industry gathered together for a summer party held in Marlow celebrating the continued efforts and enthusiasm for the charity. Many industry leaders committed their support for Namawango for the next 3 years....

Kirsten's 4 Events Challenge

Kirsen Whitehouse, Exhibition Manager at Mac Brooks has set herself the target of completing 4 major challenges, one a month from September - December, in order to raise funds for E4N. 

Kirsten Whitehouse

Those who know Kirsten will know she  loves obstacle races, so she is not necessarily asking supporters to sponsor the obstical race, although all donations are gratefully received! Here are the BIG FOUR...


1) One True Grit, 20 September - 10k elite wave; supposedly toughest army training ground
2) Bear Grylls Survival Race, 3 October - 10k elite wave; Kirsten's boys are also doing the cubs race that day! - the unknown, what will he throw at us (no dodgy food or wee involved  she is told)
3) Men's Health - Survival of the Fittest, 21 November - 10k wave 2; as the name says....gulp
4) Judgement Day does Nuts Challenge, 12 December - 7k team event - this should be the easiest of the 4, but we are talking winter temperatures...and having done Nuts before, a lot of water and mud!

Kirsetn has paid for all entries out of her own pocket, and she has promised to work hard to make the ocr's a big challenge, worth every penny you may choose to donate. She is also organising  a number of fundraising events over the few months, so please keep your eye on her page and come along to help fundraise and get 'something' in return at the same time.


Please show your support and donate here

Tarsus Tool Tough Mudder

A brave (and slightly mad) team of collegues at Tarsus Group will be attacking the Tough Mudder on 22nd August to raise money for Events for Namuwongo.

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They are all training like mad and preparing for the challenge ahead which they have been told is no walk in the park by any means! Any donations towards their efforts would be greatly appreciated. Please donate here

Thanks to our Fundraisers

Thanks to our fantastic supporters achieving new heights - on the physical and fundraising fronts - it has been possible to continue to support the community in Namuwongo. This image shows one of the first two Durasan toilet blocks - both are working well. The local people are very grateful and positive about them AND the owners (both women in case of these two blocks) are proud of their new business. Below is a before photo which demonstrates the previous facilities which were few and far between.

DuraSan installed

NOW!

Before Durasan

THEN!

To identify these sites we make the community aware we want to build toilets as small businesses.  People have to apply and show that they "own" some land, the sites are inspected for suitability by the company who build them, and we check out the credentials of the people concerned (ie they have a good reputation locally and support of other members of the community and sign-up to the principle of running the toilets on an affordable basis) . we with your funding we can build them at no cost to the local person ....but they in turn take on responsibility to run them effectively when complete.

We are successfully  striking a balance between generating a viable income to maintain the toilets and making them affordable to most of the community.

 

Clarion Events' TPL Team Battles Through the Three Peaks!

Wolves, storms, technology failure, midnight summits, fine Armagnac… the TPL team saw it all as they raced round the National Three Peaks Challenge on 11 July 2015 to complete in a squeaky 23 hours 58 minutes.

Greg Hackett 3 peaks team

As anyone who has done it will know to their pain, the challenge is to summit Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours including drive time, on little sleep and partly in the dark. Since TPL is in the business of organising ‘summits’, and comprises three businesses – Telecoms, Payments and Life Sciences it seemed the obvious challenge to take on. Thirteen of the team took part in the challenge (Greg Hackett, Charlotte Phaure-Davis, Josie Parry, Chris Ansell, Abigail Bailey, Hazel Miller, Khushboo Sagar, Dave McCall, Stuart Barker, Nick Longworth, Mike Seaman, Vee Lester and Zehra Chudry) and every single person gave the event their all and walked off with a medal. 

The impressive charity target of £7,500 was achieved thanks to the generosity of friends, family and a whole host of suppliers to the business not least Hyatt Hotels who generously gave lead sponsorship to the cause. The benefiting charity is Events for Namuwongo who are working hard, and succeeding, in changing the lives of a slum community in Kampala, Uganda.
 
TPL MD Greg Hackett says: ‘I’ve never taken part in an event where so much strength and commitment was required to complete the task. I am incredibly proud of the team. The conditions on the last mountain were very difficult, but it was only on reaching the final ridge that we realised just how bad it was. Our guide managed to lead us down the mountain but we still got lost…’
 
Trevor Foley on behalf of Events for Namuwongo says: “We are extremely grateful to Greg and his team for undertaking this exceptional challenge. These funds are vital to maintaining our work in the Namuwongo community.” 

“There are no wolves in Scotland, but when your head-torch lights up the eyes of a herd of sheep it can be pretty scary…,” adds Greg.

Chris Hughes, Chairman of Events for Namuwongo Board Named Events Personality of the Year

Massive Congratulations to Chris Hughes on winning the AEO Excellence Events Personality of the Year Award from the E4N team in the UK and in Uganda!

Chris Hughes presented with AEO Award

Chris was presented with the Award by category sponsors ADNEC and TV personality Vernon Kay at the AEO Excellence Awards, Grosvenor House Hotel, London on Friday 26 June.


The best award to win is the one you didn’t enter, so in true Bafta style the AEO Events Working Group created the Event Personality of the Year Award. Chris was chosen following a member only nomination and voting process, utilising the 'non member' contingent from the judges and nominees submitted via the senior representatives from AEO Member companies only. To see a full list of all winners click here

Made it all the way to the top!

Wow what an achievement! Massive congratulations to the E4N Cycling Team. They all made it and now on over £7,500 raised after nearly killing themselves and physically getting blown off their bikes on the way, near the summit in rare high winds. Here's the photos to prove it... Thank you!

E4N Cycling Team at the top of Mont Ventoux
If you haven't already please show your support and sponsor the team here

Wisley Winners Tee Off

Namuwongo Night Auction Lot winners recently enjoyed an exclusive round of golf at The Wisley, one of the most exclusive golf courses in the UK.

Wisley Winners

David Cunningham, Simon Parker and Andrew Evans joined Hugh Keeble for 18 holes of golf to remember! Our Wisley winners pictured here before loosing 34 balls between them!

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Olympia London raises thousands for Uganda charity

Olympia London has raised over £4,000 through its annual charity quiz bash for Events for Namuwongo, a unique charity set up by the events industry and focused on improving the lives and living conditions of a community in Uganda.

Funds were donated in an official handover during International Confex 2015 in the form of a gigantic cheque presented to Events for Namuwongo charity Steering Committee and Main Board Member, Trevor Foley of tfconnect. 

ECO cheque presentation

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Clarion Events Challenges 3 Peaks for Namuwongo

A team from TPL - a division of Clarion Events which organises events for the Telecoms, Payments and Life Sciences sectors is taking on the 3 Peaks Challenge on the 11th July 2015. The group, comprising Greg Hackett, Charlotte Phaure-Davis, Manoj Nardani, Josie Parry, Chris Ansell, Abigail Bailey, Hazel Miller, Khushboo Sagar, Dave McCall, Ade Adeleke, Mike Seaman, Vee Lester and Zehra Chudry, has set a fundraising target of £7,500, to help continue to support vital work for the community of Namuwongo.

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Bebs Does Kili

Back in 2012 Tracy Bebbington from UBM decided to climb Kilimanjaro - and the fundraising and the training was in full swing when the charity portal she selected went bust!  Her family, friends and colleagues had been super generous and she had raised £1500 so it was a blow especially as the trip was put on hold.

The good new is Tracy has been notified that this money has at last gone to the charities that she'd selected and she I didn’t even have to climb the mountain!

Tracy says: "So fast forward 3 years and I've finally got the Kili plans back on track and I've booked it! July 19th will see me climb nearly 6000 metres – eek! I'm excited and petrified at the same time but it's one massive tick off the bucket list!"

 

Tracy Bebbington

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Pedal Power for Namuwongo

The Events for Namuwongo Cycling team is facing another challenge in 2015, most of the group cycled to Paris in the name of E4N in 2014, now they are going to tackle one of the hardest, if not the hardest Tour De France climb – Mont Ventoux. 

Read more here...

The Namuwongo Story - Video Highlights

Here are some of the highlights of the work that has been carried out thanks to your support. These videos were shown at Namuwongo Night 2014 where we raised in excess of £70,000. This was an absolutely amazing achievement so thank you to everyone involved in the organisation of the event and to our generous donors.

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April in New York in November for Namuwongo

New York New York

On 2nd November 2014 April Whitehead ran the New York Marathon and thanks to the generosity of sponsors raised over £2k for Events for Namuwongo.  April took 4 hours and 47 minutes to run the course which took in some iconic city sights.

April says: “it was as the Americans say ‘Awesome ‘– just an amazing way to go sightseeing in New York.  Relived and really thrilled to have raised so much thanks to very kind sponsors.”

The Tough Tough Mudders Team

Artexis-easyFairs Tough Mudders

Artexis-easyFairs have done it again after their 10k run back in April 2014 the guys decided to enter the London Tough Mudders event on 25 October.  The MUDDERS's team braved 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. Tough Mudder is Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet. Probably.

Well they did it - running, jumping, crawling and generally fought their way over the obstacle course and raised over £2,000 for Events for Namuwongo in the process!

 

A Recurring Dream

Trevor Foley has been having his strange alphabetical dreams about Namuwongo Night again. Read the details here.

A new way to support Namuwongo Night, even if you can't make it!

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A new way for you to support Namuwongo Night... even if you can't make it!

We’ve come up with some fab low-cost sponsorship options for Namuwongo Night that are good for your brand, and great for the people of Namuwongo!

They range in price from £300 to sponsor the Programme Booklet, to £500 for the Live Auction, and just £1,000 to sponsor one of our comedians - great value for money we think, so take a look!

The combined effect of these sponsorship opportunities will produce amazing results in Namuwongo, so get in touch with Becky very soon if you’re interested - it'll be first come, first served!

Thank you and all the best.
 

Trevor

PS - If you're free on Thursday 18th September and haven't yet booked your table, we really want to see you at ExCeL London for a great evening of fun and fundraising... book now!

An update on the power of your money so far...


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You're helping real people - here's how!

Off the back of some amazing fundraising efforts over the last couple of months, we thought an update on how your money is being spent on the ground in Namuwongo was long overdue, as it really highlights the difference you’re making by supporting Events for Namuwongo.

Before that update, some big news! The final total raised by the London to Paris bike ride team (pictured above) was just over a staggering £45,000! Incredibly, we actually reached our £20k target on the day we set off for France – the rest came in after our return - thank you to each and every one of you!

Back to what your money is achieving in Namuwongo... the impact really is huge, so if you've donated any amount, big or small, here are some of the ways you’ve helped real people.

FIRSTLY… TOILETS

£60,000 has built 3 toilet blocks, which have been used over 120,000 times since January 2014. This is having a massive impact on improving hygiene, decreasing the risk of disease spreading, and forcing down the cost of other toilets in the area, which is reducing parents’ expenditure.

We are now planning to build 12-15 smaller, single latrine units which will cost £1,000-£2,000 each and are designed to be managed by individuals from the community.

SECONDLY… WATER

Clean water is one of the biggest hurdles left to overcome. Education is the key here, currently, £600 a month is funding a Community Mobilisation team of 6 people who run education campaigns on safe drinking water.

£20,000 is now needed to target the most vulnerable families with an exciting new water treatment kit, which will give them access to clean drinking water.

THIRDLY… RUBBISH AND RECYCLING

Without doubt, one of our most significant achievements has been changing the way the people of Namuwongo dispose of rubbish. Residents now have pride for their surroundings and no longer dump rubbish. The initial clearance of years’ worth of rubbish used a staggering £70,000 of funds raised; the results, both culturally, and in creating a healthier environment to live in, speak for themselves.

Hope for Children are now working with Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA), to ensure that the daily waste collection service, set up using Events for Namuwongo funding, is maintained by them long-term. £1,500 covers a month’s worth of fuel for the truck, a driver, and a team of 6 people. On average, they collect about 6 tonnes of waste a week!

The Recycling Centre, where they now convert organic waste into fuel briquettes, is also entering a transition phase, whereby it is being developed into a stand-alone enterprise that can generate income from collection and recycling, and thus operate without continued funding. In the interim, each month, £500 covers a one month wage bill for 6 workers.

LASTLY, DRAINS…

£138,000 provided a huge step forward and a lasting legacy from two years of constructing, enhancing, repairing and clearing 5kms of drains; within this, building over a 1km of new durable drainage channels. Free flowing water is already decreasing the chance of homes being flooded with human waste. The resulting reduction in the spread of water based diseases, and the number of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in Namuwongo, has decreased the risk of deadly disease outbreaks, which are the biggest threat to life in Namuwongo.

Namuwongo IMages

Without the money our industry has raised, none of the above would have been possible, and the need for KCCA to sustain this long term, would never have been acknowledged as vital for the future of Namuwongo – this now has considerable momentum.

REACHING £500,000

So, how much more is left to raise to complete these projects? Our grand total raised across three years is now £423,000, which means we’re within arms-reach of our overall £500,000 target.

The final push HAS to come from Namuwongo Night, so if you haven't booked yet, please make sure your name is on the list for Thursday 18th September - and spend an evening ‘up close and personal’ with the following companies:

Angus Montgomery

Answers Training Group

Brand Events

Clarion Events

Diversified Communications

dmg events

Earls Court & Olympia

easyFairs

ExCeL London

GES

GT Exhibitions

i2i Events Group

Imago Techmedia

Informa

ITE Group

N200

QD Events

Quartz Business Media

SECC

Tarsus Group

The NEC

UBM

UBM Live

 

 

To book a table or a single place – just click here!

I've been dreaming in alphabetical order...

Trevor Foley has been having strange, alphabetical dreams about bookings for Namuwongo Night this September. Read the details here.

Namuwongo Night 2014!

 

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Save the Date, Save Lives - Namuwongo Night 2014!

With an amazing £365,000 raised so far, we're edging ever closer to our £500,000 fundraising target, and we have a plan to press fast-forward... Namuwongo Night with a twist!

Last year, we raised over £100,000 in a single evening and the people of Namuwongo certainly know about it; clean water, life-saving sanitation, essential healthcare and education are becoming a common part of daily life for this special community in Uganda, and we're feeling very proud of what we've achieved as an industry so far.

For Namuwongo Night 2014 we're pulling out all the stops, so, not only will you enjoy dinner with industry friends, we'll have new auction lots for you to fight over, a live countdown to our £500,000 target and finally a twist…. to be revealed another day!

 
We hope you aren't washing your hair on Thursday 18th September!
 

Our friends at ExCeL London and Leith's have already been hugely generous by offering to host us this year on Thursday 18th September 2014, so we owe them a massive thank you already.

To help us plan for September could we have two mouse clicks from you... one to let us know you'll be coming along and one to add the dates to your diary. There's no commitment at this stage - we'll be back in touch when booking opens!

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In the mean-time, why not work on your swing?
 

We know that for some of you, a bit of warm weather signals that it's about time to return to your natural habitat – the fairway and the putting green! So, it should delight you to know that booking is already open for In the Rough - The NEC Event Industry Charity Golf Day, which again is very kindly supporting Events for Namuwongo.

The event is brought to you by ESSA, supported by AEO, AEV and FaceTime - it brings together organisers, venues and service suppliers in a day that combines fundraising with fun, entertainment and a chance to network.  If you're interested in booking a team, take a look at the details here.

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Sore buttocks coming up!
 

There's some really cool fundraising fun coming up between now and September to keep us on track for our £500,000 target, including the E4N Big Bike Ride - the team will need your support in June when they tackle London to Paris in 3 days, so make sure you “like” our Facebook page today to keep up with all the "fun" raising going on!

That's all for now - we'll be back in touch soon with booking details for Namuwongo Night and more on that "twist".

See you at ExCeL London on Thursday 18th September!

 

Confex to donate £5 for every new attendee

The organiser of International Confex has said it will donate £5 to charity for every visitor who registers and attends the show

Held at Olympia London on 12-13 March, International Confex has pledged to support Events For Namuwongo, with £5 being donated for anyone who registers for the event via this link.
 
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“International Confex is all about giving,” said event director Donna Bushell of organiser Mash Media. 
 
“From the outset when we took over the show we said we wanted to give it back to the industry. Now we have put together an incredible programme that will provide inspiration to all of our visitors, and with this initiative we are giving money to a great cause.”
 
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Confex for its generosity. We are delighted to have this fundraising boost from Confex,” said Trevor Foley of tfconnect and board director of Events for Namuwongo. “If you are planning to visit Confex next week do register and help change lives in Namuwongo today.”
  
The opening address at International Confex will be made by Nick de Bois MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Events.
 
The keynote speech on day one will be Karren Brady CBE – vice-chairman of West Ham United Football Club, business ambassador, and star of The Apprentice.  
http://www.exhibitionnews.co.uk/newsdetails/3516/karren-brady-to-give-keynote-speech-at-confex
 
Founder and CEO of the MOBO Organisation, Kanya King, will deliver the second keynote at a Q&A session on day two.
 
International Confex has also confirmed that its entire educational programme now qualifies for CPD learning points.  
http://www.exhibitionnews.co.uk/newsdetails/3626/earn-cpd-points-at-confex

 

NEW YEAR NEW CHALLENGE

You are invited to join the E4N Big Bike Ride

Hot on the heels of the  Wonga for Water for Wongo Day, we are keen to stage another industry wide fundraiser and a Big Events Industry Bike ride is top of the list.  Currently in the planning stages, the challenge will be based over 3 days - cycling from London to Paris - we are inviting companies to enter teams and individual entries are very welcome too! Find out more.

 

UBM's Incredible 4 run in Istanbul

Well done to UBM’s  three Simons and a Charlie who ran the Istanbul 15K on Sunday 17th November and raised funds for E4N totalling £4,012.87 with an additional £2,000 to be added by UBM’s Matched Giving Scheme. Find out more.

ASP's ‘We Heart Events’ Bowling night

The team at ASP ran its first ‘We Heart Events’ Bowling night on Wednesday 13 November to raise money for Events for Namuwongo and MacMillan Cancer Support. Fifteen teams from across the events industry came together with the aim of winning the ‘We Heart Events’ Bowling Trophy. Find out more....

 

Wonga for Water for Wongo Day a huge success

Blood, sweat and beers went in to organising the fantastic fundraisering initiatives on Wonga for Water for Wongo Day and we want to say a big thank you for getting involved and helping to change lives! Read more...

Support for W4W4W at AEO Chairman reception

Guests showed their support for the Wonga for Water for Wongo Day at the AEO Chairman’s Reception at Claridges in London in October. Click to see the great pictures!

ESSA presented cheque for £2,426

Chris Skeith from ESSA presented a cheque for  £2,426 to Claire Comery from Tarsus for Events for Namuwongo on Thursday 3 October. The presentation took place at Tarsus HQ as part of the Lead up Activity to Wonga for Water for Wongo Day taking place next week on Wednesday 9th of October 2013. Find out more.

UBM walk their socks of for Namuwongo

Walk for Women was the first event organised by UBM for W4W4W day  - during lead up to the day on 9th October.  The team raised about £260, and get a big thanks on behalf of Events for Namuwongo! Click here to see the pictures.

Team Herma's 300-mile cycle ride pays off

Team Herma presented Douglas Emslie, Group Managing Director of Tarsus Group plc  with a cheque for £8,750 for Events for Namuwongo. The team cycled from their offices in Newbury, UK to Brussels Expo, Belgium in time for the opening ceremony of Labelexpo Europe 2013. Find out more.

Three Go To Namuwongo

Three members of the Events for Namuwongo Steering Committee have just returned from an overwhelming visit to the Ugandan Slum (21 – 23 August).  Tracy Bebbington (UBM), Claire Comery (Tarsus) and Malene Stanley (GES) spent 2 days meeting people in the community and getting to grips with the extensive work and transformation taking place there thanks to massive fundraising effort by the events industry. Find out more about their visit

On The Ground - Mucunguzi Dan, a member of the Organic Recycling Team

In the third of our interview series, 'On The Ground', we meet Mucunguzi Dan, a member of the organic recycling team, to find out about the important work he and his colleagues are doing in Namuwongo. Read the interview

IN THE ROUGH RAISES £2,550 FOR E4N

In the Rough, the annual charity golf day, sponsored this year by the NEC and held at the Forest of Arden Championship course near Birmingham, has raised £2,550 for Events for Namuwongo.

Despite an early morning of torrential rain and thunderstorms, 76 golfers set out for a delayed shotgun start. The inclement weather gave way to a sunny, warm and very enjoyable event, culminating in 100 players and guests sitting down to dinner.

The day was organised by ESSA with support from its In The Rough strategy group containing representatives from ESSA, AEV and AEO. There were inspirational speeches from the charity guests, a variety of fundraising initiatives and a late night casino.

Trevor Foley presented an appeal for E4N in the evening and ran the Heads and Tails - for which GES donated a pro shop voucher prize. In addition £10 was donated for every golfer, to play ‘beat the pro’ on the 18th Tee, and one of the guests donated a day on their 40ft yacht for up to 10 people. Thanks to the ongoing support of the industry, these initatives resulted in a donation of £2,550 to E4N, which helps to continue the work of developing healthcare, schooling and employment in Namuwongo. 

ON THE GROUND - KIIZA WANENDEYA IMMACULATE, COUNTRY DIRECTOR

In the second of our new interview series, 'On The Ground', we meet Kiiza Wanendeya Immaculate, Country Director, to find out about the important work she is doing in Namuwongo. Read the interview

ON THE GROUND - DDUMBEA RONALD, COMMUNITY TEAM SUPERVISOR

In our new series of interviews we meet the people who are on the ground, making people's lives better and getting things done with the money you've raised. First in our series is Ddumbea Ronald, Team Community Supervisor. Read the interview

REAL LIVES, REAL CHANGE, A REAL DIFFERENCE...

On a recent visit to Namuwongo we recorded some video footage to showcase the incredible difference that is being made to the lives of the people within the community through your hard work and fund raising. Watch for yourself here

GET IN THE ROUGH AND RAISE MONEY FOR EVENTS FOR NAMUWONGO

In The Rough – The NEC Event Industry Charity Golf Day is taking place on 23rd of July at the Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, Warwickshire.  The event is based on the on the highly successful BECA & ESSA Golf Days, supporting both a UK and Overseas Charity and bringing together organisers, venues and service suppliers in a day that combines fun, entertainment and a chance to network.  The day is organised by ESSA, (Event Supplier and Services Association), supported by AEO (Association of Event Organisers), AEV (Association of Event Venues) and our industry promotional body FaceTime.  £10 per golfer will go to charity.  Events for Namuwongo is one of the two charities being supported at this years event.  For full details on how to take part please visit In The Rough.

BRAND EVENTS BLAZIN SADDLES'S

On the 8th June a group from Brand Events will be donning the lycra and attempting to cycle the iconic London to Brighton route to raise money for Events for Namuwongo.  

Louisa Parry from Brand Events says: "Our training at the moment has consisted of talking a lot about it, mainly what food are we taking and where will we be stopping en route, so as you can imagine, we are very far from cycling professionals. Some of us are yet to confirm bikes - minor problem!  However, this is all part of the challenge and we are very grateful for any pennies you can donate."  To sponsor this group of 'keen' cyclists please visit Virgin Money Giving.

TARSUS TAKES ON THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE

Some of the more crazy people at Tarsus have decided to take on the Three Peaks Challenge, to raise money for Events for Namuwongo!

The challenge involves climbing the three highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland, within 24 hours. It will be a gruelling day but the team are physically and mentally preparing themselves for exhaustion, sleep deprivation, hunger, blisters and Sergeant John Davy’s persistence to run.

The team have set an incredible £10k target - if you would like to support them with sponsorship please go to their Virgin Money Giving page.

NAMUWONGO NIGHT RAISES A RECORD BREAKING £100,000

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London, 7, May 2013: The events industry charity partnership, Events for Namuwongo, has announced that in one evening the industry raised £100,000.  This astonishing total was achieved during Namuwongo Night, held on Thursday 2nd May 2013 at the Novotel London West. 

Trevor Foley of tfconnect, organisers of Namuwongo Night, said: “This will literally change the lives of so many and we can't thank everyone enough for the generosity and support of all those who came, placed bids, donated prizes or gave us their hard-earned cash. Our industry has done something amazing.  A huge thank you to our event supporters and to all those who very generously donated prizes! ”

BBC TV and Radio 2 DJ, Chris Evans, set the scene at the beginning of the evening, auctioning a unique money can’t buy lot and interviewing Events for Namuwongo supporters and fundraisers, thanking them publicly for their achievements.  The action packed evening featured an exciting line up of entertainment and an exceptional ‘Money Can’t Buy Auction including joining Chris Evans on his Radio 2 Breakfast Show, tickets to see Top Gear being filmed and Michelin star Chef Billy Reid cooking in your own home.  The silent auction went online for the first time thanks to Giving Live and the whole event was captured on video by another generous supporter, Go Live.   Streets United, sporting Namuwongo Football team kit, Canadian comedian Sean Collins and  Rose Windross the first lady of Soul II Soul performed and Molly Hackett aged 17 years, daughter of Greg Hackett from Clarion, moved the room with her personal fundraising story.  During the evening, Events for Namuwongo founder, Chris Hughes made a compelling and entertaining presentation reviewing exactly what the partnership has achieved in Uganda already.

Exhibition industry supporters at the event had lots to say about the spectacularly successful evening…   

Kevin Murphy Chairman of ExCeL London  said: “I can't think of a better way to spend time and money, knowing its really making a difference to somebody's life, and in such a meaningful way.” 

Mike England, Imago Techmedia said: “A few people that care enough can change a few lives; a whole industry that cares enough can change a whole community forever. What an inspiring evening and humbling to see we can and are making a difference.”

Mark Eddy, GES European Sales Director added:  “Fantastic and inspirational work by all involved.”

“We are now working towards and looking forward to our next big fundraising initiative, 'Wonga for Wongo' day on Wednesday October 9th which we are launching to coincide with Ugandan Independence Day,” added Trevor.

Events for Namuwongo is partnership of people and companies within the events industry who have come together to support this community by not only adopting them, but caring for this community to create real change for those who live there.  Thanks to money raised by the events industry the project fund is employing 150 people in the community.  To date over 3km of drains cleared and thousands of tonnes of rubbish removed.   1.3km of these have now been lined.  De-silting teams keeping up with the daily maintenance and another 1.2 tonnes of recycling sorted and sold in recent months.  Now with the fundraising on Namuwongo Night and the ongoing support of the industry, the work of developing healthcare, schooling and employment initiatives will continue.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with Events for Namuwongo including the opportunity to Sponsor a Child. £20 a month will enable a vulnerable child to go to school and give them a meaningful future. 

To become a friend of Events for Namuwongo, make a donation or to simply find out more please visit www.EventsforNamuwongo.com, email info@eventsfornamuwongo.com or call 01305 854830.  To keep up-to-date with future activities by joining the conversation on our social media pages. You can find us at the following:

Facebook: eventsfornamuwongo

Twitter: @E4Namuwongo

A NOTE FROM THE HIGH COMMISSIONER

From
Alison Blackburne
High Commissioner
British High Commission Kampala, Uganda

Greetings from Kampala!

From everything I have heard about the work that a group of British businesses in the events industry have been doing to support the community in Namuwongo, this is a very impressive and valuable initiative.  As anyone who has been to this part of the world will have seen, there are millions of people living in poverty, with many unmet basic needs.  A large number live in Namuwongo, one of the largest slum areas in Uganda – and, indeed, the region.

The UK Government, through the Department for International Development, has a significant development assistance programme for Uganda.  But the Government can’t do everything.

So initiatives like this which provide direct support for communities here can make a real difference, by helping the people in those communities to improve their lives.  It’s a great model and an example of the spirit of imagination, enthusiasm and enormous generosity of businesses and individuals in the UK – one of the reasons I’m immensely proud to represent my country abroad.

I’d like to wish you the very best of luck with your fundraising event and I look forward to following the progress of the work on the ground here in Kampala. 

APRIL WHITEHEAD APPOINTED EVENTS FOR NAMUWONGO SECRETARIAT

Thanks to the massive fundraising success on Namuwongo Night 2013 and tremendous ongoing industry support, Events for Namuwongo is firmly on track to fully implement its life changing 2 year plan for the community in Uganda.  In order to drive this forward we have appointed April Whitehead in the role of Events for Naumwongo Secretariat to manage the day to day running and fundraising activates of the charity partnership while tfconnect’s event organising team will continue staging the incredibly successful Namuwongo Night, our main fundraising dinner each year. 

For further information please contact: april@tfconnect.co.uk