Global Gift Gala London 2017

 

On Saturday 18th November, the 8th annual Global Gift Gala London, with honorary chair Eva Longoria Bastón took place at the Corinthia Hotel, London, the Gala, compered by TV legend Konnie Huq with performances from internationally acclaimed soprano Seia Lee, Britain’s Got Talent winner, Tokio Myers, Heather Small, singer/songwriter Steve Edwards and many more.

The Global Gift Gala is a unique international initiative from the Global Gift Foundation, a charity founded by Maria Bravo that is dedicated to philanthropic events worldwide; to help raise funds and make a difference towards children and women across the globe.

This year organisations set to benefit from the gala include The Global Gift Foundation, The Eva Longoria Foundation, which focuses on women’s education and entrepreneurship; and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity which helps fund the hospital’s most urgent needs and supports  seriously ill children treated at the hospital.

Dame Joan Collins was presented with the Global Gift Philanthropic Award in recognition of her philanthropic and professional accomplishments.  The award was created to recognise outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through exceptional philanthropic service, activism, and whose accomplishments are consistent with the goals of the Global Gift Foundation.

The other award winner on the evening was international soul and RnB singing superstar Maxwell. He received an award for his philanthropic work over many years.

It was such a fantastic evening and over £400K was raised – Victoria Beckham even helped raise £20K by taking off her shoes and earrings that she was wearing and putting them up for auction, along with her matching clutch bag!

We already can’t wait for next year!  But first, we have the Global Gift Gala in Dubai….

‘All Different – All Equal’

Anti-Bullying week begins today, 13th November 2017, conveniently today is also National Kindness day. An event has been held this afternoon at Alexandra Palace, to spread the awareness, gain insight and create preventions for bullying. Blackpool will also be hosting later this week. 63% of young people have been bullied at school, 61% of staff see bullying attached to racism, 44% of staff see bullying attatched to poverty, these statistics have been conducted by The Diana Award, and the aim is to have these statistics lowered so that bullying is an unheard of term.

Today at London’s Alexandra Palace, Anti-Bullying week commences with many faces showing support from the likes of Dominic Sherwood, Monica Lewinsky, Cel Spelman, Holly Branson, Louis Payne, Kate Thistleton, Carrie Grant, Molly Rainford and Bars&Melody. Along with a panel debate with Nick Gibb (Minister for Schools), Facebook and Supercell.  As-well as the names and faces mentioned there will also be over 600 ambassadors aged between 5-18 who will be participating in a day of hands on activity. The hundreds of attendees at todays event all have the same intentions and no matter their age or background, are all fighting the battle against bullying.

The Diana Award runs the UKs Leading anti-bullying campaign, helping those suffering with anything persisted by bullying, directly or indirectly. The Diana Award creates such a broad outlook for how bullying can effect you that  you cant go unsupported. There are also endless ways in which you can help, from buying an anti-bullying wristband, to becoming an ambassador and speaking on what you believe in.

Today’s event was sponsored by Facebook, The Department for Education, Asos, CBBC, Supercell, Zurich and Blackpool Council. With the help of these sponsors, the event was able to be a success and anti-bullying can be more than just one week in our calendars.

 

MTV Staying Alive 2017

On the 8th November 2017 MTV Staying Alive took control of 100 Wardour Street, Soho, and welcomed the red carpet guests who came to show their support for an amazing cause. MTV Staying Alive is an international charity organization that spreads awareness and raises funds that directly support young people suffering from the devastating cycle of HIV.

Georgia Arnold, Executive Director of MTV Staying Alive has seen a change and decrease when it comes to the statistics relating to HIV but cannot ignore the change still needed to make a real difference, especially surrounding young people. With the help of the sponsors (Air New Zealand, Michaela Frankovo, Kiehls and Absolut Elyx) this Soho event was made possible, and the charity was able to host an influential night.

Leona Lewis, ambassador for MTV Staying Alive, played an up-close and personal live set for guests as well as speaking on the devastating effects this cruel disease can have. Alongside Leona, Laura Whitmore (also an ambassador) hosted the Soho event and welcomed many other notable guests. Love Island’s Montana Brown, Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt, along with fashion stylist Kyle De Volle and model Pietro Boselli all turned out to give their support for the worthy charity event.

MTV Staying Alive – Gala held at 100 Wardour Street, 100 Wardour Street, London.
Here: Leona Lewis

A luxury three course meal, accompanied by cocktails at reception was just one of the special components for the guests. There was a live auction with nameless items including designer steals, and later performances South London based Arlissa. Staying Alive began a infamous week of music in London, with the EMAs shortly after as well as ITVs Gala. With so much influence in attendance there was no doubt this gala was to be a success.

MTV Staying Alive attracted star studded guests and a wide array of support from all, as intended, as deserved.