Sometimes helping others has its rewards. CHTAEF – Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Educational Foundation raises money to put Caribbean students into education where they learn about tourism, travel and hospitality. It’s not a big charity but it manages to fund between 45 and 50 students a year to study. If thestudents come to the UK, then they can go to Bournemouth University – one of the best in the country for tourism studies. In this, their silver jubilee year, they can show that they have managed to raise $1.5 million for education.
For the first time ever they are holding a fundraising event in our countries. They’ve chosen the Wallace Collection to host the event this coming March 10th. I know it’s a bit short notice but if any of you are interested then click here. A group of you might fancy a table but you can go on your own as well.
A silent auction (you just a bid on the relevant prize by adding your name to a list at the price you’re prepared to pay. You may be lucky or you may be trumped.) Then there is the more usual auction. There will be hotel offers including some that you definitely say were one in a million breaks such as staying on Richard Branson’s island. You could also bid for a signed pair of Usain Bolt’s golden running shoes or a cricket bat signed by the 2008 winning West Indian team.
The event is being backed by BA, Virgin Atlantic (rivalry gone for the evening as both support better training for the people who can make your holiday more special to you) and Virgin Holidays to name a few.
But don’t these things go for silly money you might be asking, a question I put to Tom Pas, the chairman of the board of trustees of CHTAEF? He says that in the silent auction generally prizes go for no more than 60 per cent of the value. And the value will be listed on the bidding sheet. In some cases, prizes go for a lot less particularly if it is hotel accommodation and you have to buy the flights.
So if you fancy a great break, a good night out in a splendid location, the Wallace is for you.