Pictured during the evening were (from left to right): Mrs Julia Henderson, wife of the UK Trade Commissioner, Peggy-Sue Khumalo, guest speaker, Mr Hendry Bellingham, Minister for Africa, High Commissioner Dame Nicola Brewer and her husband, Mr Geoff Gilham
Cocktail Benefit Evening hosted by the UK Trade Commissioner on Mandela Day
In celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day and as his contribution to the 67 minutes of service requested from all citizens every year on this occasion, the UK Trade Commissioner, Mr Andrew Henderson, hosted a cocktail benefit reception on the evening of 18 July in aid of LITTLE EDEN.
The event was sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank, Jaguar Land Rover and BT – and our grateful thanks go to them.
The British Government’s Minister for Africa, Mr Henry Bellingham, also attended the benefit. The Master of Ceremonies was David O'Sullivan from Talk Radio 702 and the guest speaker, former Miss South Africa, Peggy-Sue Khumalo. The Soweto Marimba Band welcomed the guests with some beautiful, festive musical items and further entertainment was provided throughout the evening by the duo Danielle & John Violin & Voice with Trax.
Children from LITTLE EDEN were also there to sing for the guests.
The purpose of the reception was to engage with a select group of prominent business leaders in the South African community in order to profile the work of the LITTLE EDEN Society, to strengthen the existing ties with their current donors and to encourage new relationships with potential stakeholders.
We are particularly grateful to Mr Andrew Henderson and his wife, Julia, for arranging the event and for opening their home to the guests on the evening. We also thank the sponsors below for their part in the successful evening.