Over 260 guests joined the team in Wales for a night of hilarity and fund raising
Our Wales team held a hugely successful 2nd annual Stand Up Against Racism event in the Marriott Hotel Cardiff, raising over £7000 for our work with young people!
Over 260 guests put on their glad rags and flocked to the Marriot Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday 10th November 2012 in anticipation of a night of award winning comedy, stunning food and special guests, including Doreen Lawrence and the First Minister Carwyn Jones. As the drinks reception got under way the sense of anticipation was palatable for what proved to be our most successful ever fund raising evening.
The evening got off to a great start with a cocktail reception boasting a raffle and jokes competition, photography from Emily Williams (http://www.ecwphotography.co.uk) and live art from artist Patrick Coombes (www.pgcoombesart.com). Guests enjoyed a ‘splash of red’ cocktail before entering the Bardd Suite to be seated for the main event at beautifully dressed tables with candelabras and red and black gilded cloths.
As the drinks and conversation started flowing in the main room Welsh Campaign Manager Sunil Patel and Simon Richards, Education Manager kicked off the evening with a speech about the importance of the event for future work in Wales. These were followed by speeches from Amarjite Singh, CWU branch secretary and current TUC President in Wales, Emma Costin and Jenine Abdo from Simpson Millar Solicitors, Doreen Lawrence and the First Minister Carwyn Jones.
The evening also inducted Paul James, Compere, Doreen Lawrence and Mike Hayes into the hall of fame. All three were recognised for their outstanding contributions to Show Racism the Red Card. A 3 course dinner followed this and paved the way toward the main event of the evening, performances from three outstanding comedians.
Paul James warmed up the crowd brilliantly and introduced the first comedian Jonathon Williams from Bangor. Jonathon had the crowd in stitches and the laughter continued to flow with the second comedian of the night Jordan Brookes. The comedy segment was topped off with a hilarious performance from Marlon Davis.
With the evening drawing to a close it was time to judge the joke competition, hand out the raffle prizes and carry out the charity auction. Paul James and Christian Roberts took to the stage to compere the auction as red cards were raised for some valuable fundraising.
The winning joke was: ‘Who was the coolest guy in the Hospital? – The Ultrasound guy’
Overall Stand Up Against Racism 2012 was a huge success and raised approximately £7000 for the charity. The Wales team would like to thank the great contribution of Simpson Millar LLP in partnering the event and all those who donated prizes, sponsorship and their services in kind in order to make the evening a success.