Join us at the 5th annual Out of Africa Charity Ball on Saturday 25 November 2017 at the Windsor Ballroom, Hilton Hotel, Reading. This vibrant and very popular gala dinner brings Africa to the heart of Berkshire, you could call it ‘Africa-on-Thames’.
Prepare to be taken on a journey of Africa, immersing yourself in its diverse and lively culture. Feel the buzz, celebrate the work that our charity Creating Better Futures does, and discover how you could create better futures with us.
You will enjoy live African entertainment by the talented performers, arts & crafts, charity auction, raffle and more; all in a celebration of the joy and hope that comes out of Africa. Our keynote speakers will inspire you with their first-hand experience of volunteering in rural Zimbabwean schools with Creating Better Futures.
The money raised at this unique gala dinner will go towards providing education, food, water and resources for orphans and vulnerable children. We currently support 2 218 children at 9 different primary and secondary schools. 177 of them are sponsored but we have hundreds of children on our waiting list for sponsors. With your support at the ball, we can give the gift of education to many more children in need. Your ticket could help to feed a class of 50 children for one whole month.
By Supporting Creating Better Futures, your donation could not only change lives but it will go a long way. Our team is made up of dedicated volunteers in the UK and Zimbabwe who donate their time and expertise daily. We have been blessed with rent-free office space in Reading. This means that 92% of every £1 donation goes directly towards supporting children in need of your help. Why not come along to the ball and witness how our small and passionate team is making a difference, one child at a time.
Tickets sell very quickly, so please book yours today! You can purchase online via eventbrite and offline by sending us an email if you prefer to pay by cheque or bank transfer. Please contact us on email@example.com and we will send you the charity bank details. Also, if you’d like to sit with friends or colleagues, please inform us via email as soon as possible.
The dress code is courful and creative; black tie or African. The tickets are £50 per person.
Telephone: 0118 327 1154 (office) or 07482 938796 / 07898784113
Got any questions? We’ve got you covered. We’ve tried to cover every base for any questions you might have, so get ready for a long read…it might take a while!
1. What is the Out of Africa Charity Ball?
It’s Creating Better Future’s biggest, annual, fundraising event; an opportunity for friends of the charity to find out about our progress and our plans for the year ahead. You can network, celebrate and experience a bit of Africa at the heart of Berkshire, you could call it ‘Africa on Thames’.
2. What can I expect on the night?
A red carpet entrance into the exclusive Windsor Ballroom at The Hilton Hotel, Reading. You will be served a selection of canapes during the drinks reception while you immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
This will be followed by a three course meal with a complimentary glass of wine. We’ll give you a brief update on our achievements and you can participate in our live auction and raffle to raise funds for the children we support.
You can bid for unforgettable experiences, in previous years this has included: holidays, golf days, spa days, and luxury driving experiences.
You will be entertained on a journey through Africa, followed by our DJ playing a vibrant mix between traditional African music, and classic floor-fillers for you to enjoy.
3. How much are tickets?
£50 per person.
4. How do I buy tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online via our website: https://www.creatingbetterfutures.org.uk/out-of-africa-2017 or via Eventbrite: https://www.OutofAfrica2017.eventbrite.co.uk
5. Is my ticket transferrable?
You have to inform us in advance by 17 November if you would like to transfer your ticket.
6. When is the last date for ticket purchases?
Ticket sales end at midnight on 17 November 2017.
7. I would like to sit next to my friends, how do I arrange that?
If you are purchasing tickets individually, we would ask you to send names of the people that want to sit together no later than the 17th of November, to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text message to 07898 784113
8. I would like to purchase my ticket offline, can I do that?
Yes. You can buy tickets offline. You can make a deposit into our account and the details are provided when you contact us. Once the payment is cleared, we will email you proof of purchase with a unique reference number for each guest. You do not need to print it out as we will check you in electronically. Just bring your reference number and we will check you in.
9. Can children attend the ball?
Because of the timing and nature of the event, children below the age of 16 years will not be admitted into the ball. Children above the age of 16 will be required to hold a full price ticket and should be accompanied by a paying adult.
10. Is there accommodation available on the night?
We have reserved a reduced fee for our guests. The link can be sent via email. Please send us your email address and will send it to you.
11. Will you serve African food?
No. We will serve food from the set menu at the Hilton Hotel.
12. I have special dietary requirements, will you cater for that?
We can check with the hotel if notified in advance. Please let us know via email or text by 17 November.
13. Can I book a table before I have the names of all my guests?
If you purchase a table in your name, we will need to know the names of the guests by 17 November. Please email us to confirm.
15. I am not African, can I attend?
Yes. This is an event that celebrates Africa and we welcome everyone to our Charity Ball. It’s been said ‘there’s a bit of Africa inside each of us: the bit that ‘s full of sunshine’. Bring your ‘sunshine’ and we’ll shine together for Africa!