The Gala Sri Lanka Ball
Villiers Hotel Ballroom March 2017
This year’s gala ball, was our fifth, and possibly best ever. With over 150 guests on the night, including many ex-Sri Lanka volunteers from across the country, the room was packed, and guests were serenaded, on arrival, by Josie Shuker, on the piano, as they collected their welcome fizz and mingled in the foyer. A luxury silent auction, of things that money can’t buy, did brisk business, as well as a prize lotto with everyone a winner – and prizes up to £120 on offer.
After the call to dinner, and welcome speeches from the incoming Year 12 team, a delicious meal was served, prepared by the Villiers’ chefs, and various games interspersed the courses – for those who wished to join in the fun. Those who preferred to spectate simply enjoyed the fun!
After dinner, members of the outgoing team shared some of their experiences and the aim the aim of this year’s trip was explained. Then the new team were officially inaugurated as Project Volunteer Sri Lanka volunteers. The remainder of the evening was spent dancing to the tunes of DJ Dom, until 1am, when the event came to a close.
The Year 12 team worked extremely hard to make the event a success, and thanks should go also to the indefatigable Carole Byrne who, once again, masterminded the event, aided and abetted by Judith Millidge, who put together the sponsorship and advertising – along with a splendid programme of events and sponsors.
In total the ball raised over £11,000, which will be used to pay the second instalment on the Bakery School, which was purchased initially by Akeley’s Project Volunteer Sri Lanka team in 2016. We then hope to raise a further amount to renovate and replace the sanitation facilities in a disabled home.
Next fundraising event
Bags2School Collection on Tuesday 9th May.
Students are requested to fill the bags that are being sent home (and/or bin bags) with good quality, clean clothes, shoes, handbags and belts (no bedding thank you) – and bring them in to school on the evening of Monday 8th or morning of Tuesday 9th for collection. Bags2Schools will then pay us, per kilo, for what they collect and the funds will go towards Project Volunteer Sri Lanka.
Please do have a good Spring clean and let us have all those unwanted items that are cluttering up your wardrobes!
Teacher of English and Professional Tutor
Project Volunteer Sri Lanka Co-ordinator
Akeley Wood School
Published on: 26th April 2017