The celebrations took place at our local church, St Dunstan-in-the-West, on Tuesday 6 December and Thursday 8 December. The events were a great opportunity to thank attendees for their support over the past year, and showcase our work to new supporters.
Members of the AMREF family read from Luke’s gospel as well as a story of Christmas in Turkana and Dr Noerine Kaleeba, Vice Chair of AMREF's International Board, gave a moving appeal.
After the popularity of last year's event, we decided to hold two events this year. And true to form both evenings pulled in the crowds with highlights including a performance from African music and dance group, ACDarts, as well as AMREF's maternal health Ambassador Jumoké Fashola. Guests also enjoyed a reception after the concerts at AMREF’s office, with African snacks as well as the traditional mulled wine and mince pies on offer.
Whilst the audience were slightly more reserved on Tuesday night, the Thursday crowd got up and danced around the church with the African band, embracing an African style of celebration! I had a brilliant time tonight, and loved the sheer exuberance of the event, said one attendee.
The evenings were a fantastic success and the concert collections alone raised more than £2,000. The AMREF team all had a great time and would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event for making it such a success once again. Merry Christmas everyone!