Build Africa’s annual fundraising ball was held at Claridge's on 4 October, raising a wonderful £236,642* to help children across rural Kenya and Uganda access the education they deserve.
The black tie evening, hosted by Channel 4 News anchor Cathy Newman, was attended by over 150 guests including His Excellency Mr Manoah Esipisu, the High Commissioner of Kenya, and British-Ugandan actors Arnold Oceng and Ivanno Jeremiah. Guests enjoyed a performance from African world music and dance group ACDarts.
Guest speaker, George Opogo, Project Assistant at Build Africa Uganda, shared his story with the audience before charity auctioneer, Jonty Hearnden, of Antiques Roadshow and Cash in the Attic fame, invited guests to take part in a live auction. Prizes ranged from a stay on a beautiful vineyard in the South of France, to a luxurious trip to Antigua and a trip of a lifetime to visit Build Africa supported schools in Uganda.
Three short films, shot and produced by a local production company in Uganda, showcased the ongoing need for funds to be raised for Build Africa’s vital work which aims to see every child in school and learning.
We’d like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors Motoreasy and Euroclear for their support, and wish to thank everyone involved for an unforgettable night that will help transform thousands of lives in Africa.
* As Build Africa has become part of the Street Child family, donations on the night will also be matched by the UK government to support Street Child’s 'Mind The Gap’ UK Aid Match appeal (up to a total of £2million), meaning the final amount raised could change.