Namuwongo fundraising reaches £850k – on track for £1 million target

Since ‘Events for Namuwongo’ was founded in 2011 – fundraising efforts have generated in excess of £850,000 for the industry’s adopted community of Namuwongo in Uganda. Support is still required in order to ensure sustainability within the community and the charity now has its sights set on a £1m landmark.

“Events for Namuwongo remains alive & kicking – and our friends there remain hugely appreciative of what our industry is doing to support them. Raising £850k to date is beyond brilliant and there’s an obvious target in mind,” comments Trevor Foley, co-founder of Events for Namuwongo and MD of tfconnect. “We initially set out to achieve five basic things – which have radically changed the lives of those living in the community.”

“We wanted to improve the dangerous living conditions caused by thousands of tonnes of rubbish, a lack of proper toilets and inadequate drains that would flood local houses with waste and disease. It was also important to provide access to safe drinking water as well as the opportunity for children in the community to go to school.”

“Thanks to those in the events industry who have contributed or raised funds, the community is barely recognizable in comparison to what it looked like when we first visited. However, a huge number of people in the area continue to live in dire poverty – many survive on less than $1 a day. Continued support is now needed to provide further access to sanitation, enable more children to go to school and to ensure that vulnerable children or child-headed households receive emergency support where it’s needed.”

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, says, “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.”

If you’d like to add your business to the list of Events for Namuwongo Patrons, contact Alison Scott at tfconnect for more information: | +44(0)1442 818 005.

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