Charity spotlight – Room to Read Gala Event

Room to Read is one of the charities I support as a volunteer photographer and this week’s blog post is so I can tell you a little bit about the amazing work they do.

Room to Read is a non-for-profit organisation which focusses on literacy and gender equality in education in Africa and Asia. Working in collaboration with communities and local governments, Room to Read’s programmes develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

I first came across this great organisation through a friend who volunteers for the Zurich Chapter and became involved a few years ago myself. I personally can’t imagine a home without books so it was easy for me to say yes to helping out.  The Zurich Chapter organise several events each year including a large fundraising gala event which I have photographed several times and which this year took place at The Dolder Grand.  I also donate a family shoot to the silent auction and its always fun to watch how much it goes for!  Last November we were all amazed when the gala beat all previous records and raised a significant sum for schools and libraries supported by Room to Read! Scroll down below to see how much was raised!! If you would like to get involved you can find out more about how to help here.

John Wood, the inspirational founder and chairman of Room to Read, was also recently chosen as one of three nominees for the 2014 World’s Children’s Prize…. and for those who live in and around Zurich, there is a pub treasure hunt fundraising event coming up on Friday 28th March organised together with glocals – more information can be found here.

Some images follow below from the Gala last year – so excited to be part of it again this year too!

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There were some fantastic donations and I would personally like to thank Roshi of http://www.atelier-roshi.com and Darryn Eggleton of http://www.darryn-eggleton.com for their beautiful works of art featured here. Thanks too to comedian and artist Rob Spence for giving away a private show too – http://www.robspence.ch/default.asp

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Founder of Room to Read, John Wood with representatives from Sponsor Biogen Idec

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The volunteers did a fantastic job on the evening!

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Representatives from Sponsors Credit Suisse and Biogen Idec

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Founder John Wood

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Sothebys Auctioneer

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The Country Manager for South Africa gave a moving and humourous speech on his work and the first books he ever read

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The moment when the organisers found out the amount raised…

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The volunteers wait on stage for the results…

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Here it is… !

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Huge thanks to Carolyn for introducing me to such a great cause! Then it was off to the club to celebrate!

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