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The Purple Aid Ball

Saturday 27th May 2017    7.00pm for 7.30pm

The Old Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4RL

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Kirstie Darnell, from Banbury is organising a black tie ball to raise funds towards the build of an after school drop in centre and crèche that she, along with 14 others, will be putting the finishing touches to in October this year, “In that part of South Africa, 57% of children under the age of 18 have experienced some form of abuse – mostly sexual – in the last 12 months,” explains Kirstie. “Parents work all day, but the children only attend nursery and pre-school until lunchtime, leaving them wandering the streets and vulnerable to horrific abuse in the afternoons. Incredibly, this abuse usually comes from someone they know. The crèche and drop-in centre we are helping to build will provide somewhere safe for the children to go until their parents can collect them. They also get fed, and for some of them it’s the only hot meal they get each day.” This struck a cord with Kirstie as a mum herself.

The project is co-ordinated by international charity World Vision, who have already built 42 schools, 24 crèches, and 24 drop-in centres in the Tsusalushaka province. They work closely with the local people as well as overseas volunteers to ensure the projects they fund are of lasting value to the African communities. “There are 15 of us going from the UK, and it will be a real test for us,” adds Kirstie. “First, we have to raise thousands of pounds, and then we will actually work on the crèche and drop-in centres in what will be very difficult conditions because of the heat and limited resources available. We’re looking forward to the challenge, though!”

To raise money, Kirstie is organising ‘The Purple Aid Ball’, to be held at the beautiful Old Shire Hall in Warwick, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 27 May. Guests will be served a delicious three-course meal, and entertainment will come from a Michael Buble tribute act ‘Michael Duble’, with a DJ for after-dinner dancing. They will also be treated to an insight into the project with motivational speaker and author Alison Delaney followed by an auction of incredible donations. This promises to be a fun filled evening for you and your friends, all wonderfully co-ordinated by professional ‘chatty man’ Russell Fowler from Oxford Ceremonies.

Please book tickets without delay to avoid disappointment!