The Global Party started back in 2011 with the mission to unify partygoers around the world, all in support of a host of great causes.
With their 2011 kick off party, they managed to throw parties spanning 80+ countries over a 24 hour period. Pretty impressive, no? Well not as impressive as the 120+ countries they reached with this year’s party…
For the Cape Town leg, they actually decided to split it out over 3 days this time round. Things kicked off on Thursday evening at Club 31 in the ABSA building, then moved on to Friday evening at the Pepperclub in Loop St, after which things wrapped up on Saturday eve at Shimmy Beach Club.
I got to check out the Pepperclub event on Friday, which was really cool cause I’ve always wondered what it must be like at the top of that building. The answer? Pretty damn awesome. This is the penthouse which we got to “borrow” for the evening:
And just check out this incredible view:
We got to rub shoulders with some well connected & interesting folks, while sipping on fancy Piper-Heidsieck champagne and listening to the musical stylings of Jeremy Douglas… sounds like a pretty tough evening hey?
But the real goal of the evening was of course to generate some serious cash for charity, and to get there they threw a lavish auction with items such as ski trip in Switzerland and luxurious local stays on the cards. The prize values ranged from R6 500 to a whopping R70 000! Sjoe… clearly it was a little too “rich” for me… I was definitely not their target market on this one. But at least something I am good for is making sure I give the two worthy charities who benefitted from the evening’s events a BIG blog shout out. So here goes:
Wola Nani’s mission is caring through counselling and testing; ARV adherence counselling and support, after school programmes for vulnerable children and income generation opportunities for persons with HIV and AIDS. Most recently Wola Nani launched a Research and Training Institute which seeks to develop good practice models which Wola Nani can share with the HIV sector at large, including government, donors and partner organisations.
The Saving Private Rhino initiative was established to ensure the future conservation of Africa’s rhino and wildlife heritage, by providing the most comprehensive integrated anti-poaching solution free to every private game reserve in Africa that cannot afford to defend its wildlife.
Both seriously amazing charities doing seriously amazing things. Clearly we can’t all compete with the thousands that were put on the table with this event. But we can at least all contribute in our own small way. So do follow the Wola Nani & Saving Private Rhino website links above to learn more about them and find out how you can help. A lot of small contributions add up to a big impact where it counts.
To the Global Party organisers I say thank you very much for a cool evening, and keep up the good work!