Cripps Sears’ soirée raises £1,300 for the ABC Challenge

Cripps Sears & Partners this month hosted its second annual soirée in the Inner Temple Gardens in aid of the company’s charity venture, the ABC Challenge. The event had a dual purpose: bringing together senior executives from across the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors in a relaxed and informal networking setting, plus representing an opportunity to raise awareness – and some money – for the ABC Challenge. 

It took place on a lovely summer evening and Cripps Sears would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who attended and for their generosity in our raffle. We would also like to thank Fraser Waters and Joe Worsley who kindly acted as draw masters. The event raised just over £1,300, which will go towards the Phoenix Burns Project, our primary charity partner in South Africa.

Many of you will be aware that, through our ABC Challenge, we raise money for the Phoenix Burns Project. It supports the rehabilitation of children, mainly in the townships around Cape Town, who have suffered severe burns. Those of you who have had an opportunity to visit the facilities will agree this is truly a worthwhile cause. Over the last four years we have raised close to £100k through different initiatives, primarily our ‘Hike and Bike’ challenge in November along the ‘Garden Route’ in South Africa.

The children who are supported by the project attend St Joseph’s school who are developing a cycle track for the children to encourage them to exercise, and also to teach them about road safety. The Phoenix Burns Project is sponsoring bicycles for the burn survivors, as this is a perfect connection with the Hike/Bike event and the exercise helps the burn survivors in their recovery process.

We also received informal feedback from the Director of St Josephs about the progress being made by Abongile, the little boy for whom we hired a dedicated teacher (he is ten years old and had never been to school). He is still way behind where he should be scholastically, but he is making progress. It’s still too soon to say whether he will ever catch up with where he should be for his age, but we are giving him the opportunity to do so. Michelle and Milani who are also benefiting from the monet we have raised are also progressing well.

Our next event will be our inaugural ABC Challenge golf day on 16 September. We look forward to seeing many of you again on the first tee.

Please get in touch if you would like to take part in either the South Africa event or the golf day as a participant or a sponsor. info@abc-challenge.com | www.abc-challenge.com.