On the 17 February 2011 Community Projects Africa collaborated with the world’s largest news agency, Thomson Reuters to host a stunning photography exhibition capturing The Spirit of Tanzania. From hundreds of images taken by our volunteers a final selection of 26 were auctioned to raise much needed funds. The 8 photographers ranged from the aspiring to the professional with their images depicting people and traditional culture against the backdrop of Tanzania’s breathtaking scenery. There was also an accompanying preview collection of wildlife from award winning photographer Alwyn R Coates taken during his time in neighbouring Kenya.
The evening opened with a drinks reception and exhibition followed by the Live Auction. Jeremy Jacobs welcomed the guests and introduced the key note speakers. First to the stage was Community Projects Africa founder and Chairperson Joy Skipper who shared her motivation for setting up the charity, "The people we help have an amazing generosity and exceptional sharing attitude, yet they lack the security for health, wealth and education that we take for granted... CPA’s mission is to help these disadvantaged people help themselves through sustainable projects in schooling and vocational training". The Guest of Honour The Tanzanian High Commissioner, Peter Kallaghe praised the partnership with Thomson Reuters and the images, "These fantastic photographs positively represent my people and land". He also stressed "The importance of Community Projects Africa’s work in raising educational attainment and fulfilling the national commitment to the Millennium Development Goal for universal education". Tanzanian singer Francia performed an upbeat song Tanzania Tanzania before handing over to glamorous television presenter Jasmine Harman to host The Live Auction.
The auction was energetic, with the audience bidding frantically for their favourite image. Nickie McDade, Brand Manager from Thomson Reuters said "It was fantastic to see a full house with guests from the leading banks and businesses in the City and Canary Wharf including, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, RBS and Clifford Chance all supporting the event". Penny Hope Technology COO, Barclays Capital beamed "The night was a great success. I'm delighted to be the owner of such a fabulous image and be able to provide support to CPA". Community Projects Africa would like to extend sincere thanks to the individuals and organisations whose contribution and immense efforts made the event possible, most notably Thomson Reuters, OMG Capital, European Arab Bank, The British Tanzania Society and Barclays Capital volunteers.
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Jasmine Harman is best known for her work on Channel 4's award winning show A Place in the Sun - Home or Away, and has filmed over 200 episodes all over the world. She is an in demand writer and commentator on topics such as overseas property, travel and homes, and has written features for Company, Living Abroad, and My Travel magazines. She is the resident travel columnist at Look magazine where you can read her weekly travel tips and a regular contributor to A Place in the Sun magazine.
Award winning photographer Alwyn R Coates is famous for photographing celebrity subjects including Jerry Hall, Val Kilmer, Matt Lucas and Jordan - but there is little doubt where his real passion lies. Alwyn has recently returned from Kenya where he captured the plight of many animals living through the country's worst ever drought and now he hopes his stunning and often haunting images will raise awareness of the problems as part of his voluntary work with the Born Free Foundation. Alwyn's project is taking him all over the world photographing wildlife in Born Free supported charities and he is working towards his first major solo exhibition. Community Projects Africa displayed six images in his collection as a special preview. Also for sale was a limited edition selection of images signed by Virginia McKenna who starred with her husband Bill Travers in the classic movie Born Free making these prints truly collectable. 50% profit on each print sale was donated to the work of Community Projects Africa.
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