Raffles, Roses and Smiles: London’s most elite Chelsea club opens its doors for child education

raffles1The Raffles Club in Chelsea, London     has numbered amongst its former members Royalty, Politicians, celebrities and several generations of established families and has welcomed everyone from Princess Margaret, Earl Snowdon and Lichfield, the world-renowned American singer Barbara Streisand to the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

In the early 70’s the club continued to enjoy the patronage of the highest levels of English society and on one occasion the Queen herself attended, together with Prince Charles and Princess Anne, for the 21st birthday party of the grandson of the Earl of Mountbatten .

Previously described as “a darkened , noisome centre of nightlife for the better-heeled Chelsea folk” the raffles3club has always provided a combination of services, from drinks to food to dancing but dinner ceased to be served in the 1980’s and has over recent years been best known for its dancing and drinks offering.

Members enjoy the club for its exclusivity and luxury, as well as its music, which lies at the core of the club and Raffles attracts some of the best acts and DJs in the world. Under the watchful eye of the club’s management the club will be celebrating nearly half a century of existence.

Smiles Uganda is a Rose Charities program in Africa  supporting poor Ugandan children’s education.This is the sixth year that events have been organized to support the program . Funds raised pay school fees for children who would not otherwise have access to education . Already the first graduate,

 Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara with sponsored kids Uganda

Happy Ugandan kids with Smiles Fund founder Galib Kara

Amos Alwa, has enrolled in Kyambogo University specializing in civil engineering!

Rose Charities UK and the Smiles Uganda program are run entirely by volunteers, so 100% of your donations go directly to benefit these incredibly worthy kids!  Gift Aid augmented donations are possible and appreciated.   It is a rare opportunity to be entertained at the legendary Raffles Club for such a relatively low entry , almost all of which will go to an amazing and hugely needed cause. Donations (including downloadable Gift Aid form)  via   https://www.justgiving.com/rosecharitiesuk

(nb Canadian donors may donate to the Smiles Fund and receive tax receipts at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rose-charities/). Click on Smiles in the drop -down menu

 raffles2This evening  event. is being held at Raffles 287 Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 5EW Friday September 18th, 2015 from 7 PM to 9:30 PM . Come and enjoy a splendid cocktail party and canapé’s night with some of London’s hotteTst DJ’s. Donation to charity cover charge is 25 GBP.   Tickets are available at  www.smilesfundraiser.com   or  www.raffleschelsea.com/events    

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October 2014 Newsletter..

rose-nz-newsletterClick here for the 2014 October Newsletter !

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Giving the Gift of Sight

 

Giving the Gift of Sight with Nellie Tier “ROSE” Hand Cream

Nellie Tier

 

The perfect present for birthdays, “thank you”, celebrations…
This Nellie Tier Rose hand cream has been made exclusively for Rose Charities NZ.
Cost: $38 a jar. Postage: $5 for up to six jars.
$20 from the sale of each jar goes to Rose Charities
TWO JARS = AN EYE OPERATION in Cambodia or Nepal!
To order: Contact trishgribben@xtra.co.nz  Click to learn more: www.nellietier.co.nz

 

 

 

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King Tide Fundraiser

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NZ Fundraising night

trish-fundraiserThe star of the Auckland theatre scene, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, welcomed guests to a Rose Charities NZ fundraising night with Silo Theatre during their season of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins. She is pictured with Rose NZ chairperson, Trish Gribben.

The musical black comedy, which received rave reviews, was followed by a soiree where hand-woven silk scarves from Cambodia were sold to raise money for the Rose Eye Clinic in Phnom Penh. By a stroke of lucky timing, Jennifer herself had visited Cambodia with her family, returning only four days before the event. “I couldn’t believe the poverty we saw there,” she told the 100 people gathered.

Rose Charities NZ’s patron, Dame Silvia Cartwright, was also in the news the same week, as a member of the international war crimes tribunal which announced its first verdict on Dutch, the notorious torturer and killer of Tuol Sleng prison.

Around 60 scarves were sold from a table which carried a photograph of patients waiting at the clinic and a sign saying: Buy a scarf and give a stranger in Phnom Penh an eye operation. $40 — the scarves have been donated; all proceeds go to the clinic.

The event raised nearly $4000 which is sufficient to restore sight to 160 poor blind Cambodians

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