It turns out September’s masked ball event was a roaring success. The total sum raised on the night has finally been totted up and we’ve discovered all of that fundraising, wining, dining, and dancing didn’t go to waste – a wondrous £12,000 was raised for Ethiopia’s only hospice.
The fantastic figure was reached from a combination of sales for tickets and the raffle, while the glorious array of promises and prizes available to bidders in the auction attracted some daring and speculative investments. Among the most eye-catching lots on offer were a flight around Norfolk, a weekend stay at the event’s glorious venue, and pieces of bespoke hand-made jewellery.
This money has been fast tracked to the operation in Addis Ababa, with Executive Director Ephrem amazed to have received such generosity from the bash’s attendees.
After being made aware of the full amount raised, he said: “We would like to say thank you to our donors for your financial support which helps us to continue our work and to provide our support in the care for our patients in our community.”
But with running costs at around £70,000, it means that further fundraising events are vital to the survival of the hospice and any help for the cause is fully appreciated.
This year alone, £44,000 has been raised by the Diocese of Norwich to help purchase and run a car for hospice staff. While the boss’s swimathon in April has bolstered the kitty by a further £3k.
In view of this funding, Ephrem says: “Your financial support really helps us to relieve the suffering of many patients in Addis Ababa and Ethopia, and it also helps us to provide training for healthcare professionals in collaboration with our partners in Addis Ababa. Thank you so much!”
You can see a little more from Ephrem on our YouTube channel.