Housing association's gala raises thousands for young people
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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A fundraising charity gala hosted by Plus Dane Group has raised over £17,000 to develop new initiatives that support the creation of employment, training and enterprise opportunities for young people across Merseyside and Cheshire.
Held as part of Merseyside Black History Month’s celebrations, the event at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool One, was themed ‘Building Hope’, in tribute to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech and the 65th anniversary of the arrival of Empire Windrush.
Through support from sponsors, ticket sales and a fundraising auction and raffle, the gala was successful in raising over £17,000 which will be used in a wide range of ways to help support young BME people looking for opportunities to progress into employment or training.
Now in its fourth year, the Gala was the biggest and most successful fundraising event yet, with backing from premier sponsor, Liverpool based contractor Frank Rogers. Other local businesses that provided their support for the event include Lovell, Penny Lane Builders, Smiths SD Ltd, UNISON Liverpool, Lacy Roofing and the Flanagan Group.
Ken Perry, Plus Dane chief executive, said: “Plus Dane is a proud supporter of Black History Month and we were delighted to once again host our Building Hope gala as part of the month long programme of celebrations.
“We were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all our sponsors, along with the contribution of partners and local businesses and the hard work and dedication of Plus Dane colleagues that enabled us to create a fantastic celebration of diversity and creativity and raise a fantastic amount, every penny of which will be spent to help young people access opportunities and fulfil their potential.”
As well as fundraising, the Gala event also showcased the talents of local young people, such as a fashion show by Carol Hasaballa and live entertainment by Remme Corry.
Dean Rogers, managing director of Frank Rogers, the events premier sponsor, said: “We’ve worked with Plus Dane for many years and were incredibly pleased to be asked to sponsor such a fantastic event. The gala dinner provided a great opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity within the city and to raise vital funds which will have a real impact on the lives of young people living within our local communities.”
One young person to benefit from Plus Dane’s Young Person’s Independence Fund following the success of last year’s event was Khalile Weaver.
Khalile, who lives at a supporting housing scheme specifically for BME people in Merseyside, was offered the chance to apply for an apprenticeship opportunity with Penny Lane Builders, which was created by the company after its operations director, Gerard McEvoy, was so impressed by the young people he heard from on the night that he decided to create a practical and lasting opportunity.
Khalile is now underway with a three year apprenticeship which will support him to NVQ level 3 standard and provide valuable work experience. He said: “I was very eager to do work experience and this has been a fantastic opportunity for me. I am enjoying every aspect of the job and working has made me more confident, responsible and disciplined. It has been a brilliant experience for me and I would encourage others to do the same.”