We were delighted that some truly legendary British sportspeople joined us in London on 16th October to raise awareness about the lack of clean water in post conflict East Africa. To date, a total of £5,000 was raised on the night (with pledges and donations still coming in) which will go towards drilling wells for East African communities in much need of access to safe drinking water. These funds will completely change the lives of these communities and we are so grateful to everyone who took part in and attended the event to support the incredible work of our drilling team.
Special guests at our gala dinner included former Formula One driver, Mark Blundell, record-breaking sailor Dee Caffari MBE, former international rugby player Neil Back MBE, former rugby player Simon Shaw MBE, former cricketer Jeremy Snape, racing driver Jordan King and CNN presenter Amanda Davies.
The evening was hosted by M Restaurant at M Threadneedle Street in the City of London, CAF Bank and MB Partners. This was our first gala sporting dinner in Great Britain and it was a huge success. Our guests all had the opportunity to mingle with our sporting legends, we enjoyed a three-course signature M menu and listened to the exciting stories from our special guests during a panel session at the end of the evening.
Dina Henry, chief operating officer at CAF Bank, said: “The lack of available clean water in East Africa is deeply concerning and it’s hard to believe that in 2018 one tenth of the world’s population still do not have access to safe water. It was an honour to host this event, which will help Fields of Life continue its vital work of providing clean, safe drinking water to as many people in the region as possible.”
Mark Blundell challenged our guests to experience what it takes to be a professional racing driver on his MB Partners’ race simulator. Prizes were donated from Hertfordshire-based Alyssa Smith Jewellery for the fastest man and woman on the race simulator.
Mark Blundell said: “MB Partners was proud to help Fields of Life and support a cause that many of us in our day to day lives take for granted take for granted – clean water. As such, it didn’t take more than two seconds to decide we would help fellow supporters CAF Bank and M Restaurant to assist with a great evening of fundraising.”
The focus of the evening was our water programmes, including our ‘Water for Life’ campaign, which aims to provide clean, safe drinking water to one million people by 2020. It was wonderful to see so many people come together with the sole aim of supporting this incredible life-saving work, as well as marking our 25th anniversary.