Events for Namuwongo, the charity established by the events community in 2011, has so far raised in excess of £850,000 for the Namuwongo community in Uganda.
The charity has now set its sights on a target of £1m , and is appealing to the exhibitions and events community to keep fundraising for the cause.
“Events for Namuwongo remains alive and kicking – and our friends there remain hugely appreciative of what our industry is doing to support them,” commented Trevor Foley, co-founder of Events for Namuwongo and MD of tfconnect. “Raising £850k to date is beyond brilliant and there’s an obvious target in mind.
“Thanks to those in the events industry who have contributed or raised funds, the community is barely recognisable in comparison to what it looked like when we first visited.
For the past year-and-a-half, Events for Namuwongo has seen increased support in the form of a patron scheme which sees a number of exhibition businesses committing to a three-year fundraising programme. The growing list of patrons includes AEO, Brand Events, Clarion Events, CloserStill Media, Diversified Communications, Easyfairs, ExCeL London, Freeman, Hugh Keeble, Mack Brooks, Montgomery, Phil Soar, Quartz Media, Reed Exhibitions, Tarsus Group, The NEC and tfconnect.
Co-founder of Events for Namuwongo and CEO of Brand Events, Chris Hughes, commented: “I am overwhelmingly proud of the warmth and generosity that continues to be shown from so many in the event industry, to the wonderful people of Namuwongo.”
Charity Hope for Children both manages and implements the Events for Namuwongo project on the ground in Uganda.
CEO Murielle Maupoint said: “Being able to say that you have transformed the lives of the poorest most vulnerable children in Namuwongo is no understatement and something everyone within the philanthropic network of events companies who form Events for Namuwongo should be extremely proud.
“We at Hope for Children are hugely grateful for your ongoing support, helping to make going to school, a positive childhood and breaking free from poverty a reality for so many underprivileged children. We are in no doubt that having already raised a huge £850,000 – the passion and drive within EFN will see the target of £1m reached within the year. Thank you!”