A big thank you to all our sponsors who donated prizes to our live auction and to those who donned their finest vestments for a night of revelry at the PrideInn Hotel to show their ongoing support for Xavier Project’s important work.
This year’s annual Xavier Project Nairobi Ball was held at the PrideInn Hotel with the purpose of bringing together our partners and supporters in Kenya and to raise awareness whilst also fundraising for future projects.
On arrival, guests were presented with either a Gin & Tonic or a fresh juice with many going back for the seemingly endless supply. The tinkling of glasses mingled pleasantly with the live band Maestro as the evening began in a splendid fashion.
The arrival of a smorgasbord of steaming samosas and spring rolls marked the moment for everyone to take their seats and the affable PrideInn staff continued in this vein with a cornucopia of choice for the main course and pudding which guests quickly demolished. In his after-dinner speech, the founder and CEO, Edmond Page, touched on the sustainability and effectiveness of community ownership emphasising its future importance in the face of a decreasing worldwide aid budget. The importance placed on community cohesion to work together towards a better future achieves a sense of dignity for the refugee population, who have suffered through the forced displacement from their home countries and it could provide a potential solution to the increasing refugee crisis not only in East Africa but worldwide.
The evening culminated in a splendid auction and a big thank you must go out to the companies and the generosity of people who donated the prizes. We are very grateful to the likes of AlphaFit, Kitengela Hot Glass, Victor Omondi, LooksLike Avido, Nelson Mudanyi, Kenya Harlequins F.C. and PrideInn Hotel for some hotly contested prizes and Black Tulip Flowers for providing some sumptuous floral foliage.
A terrific evening was rounded off when our live band Maestro, who had been playing throughout the night, upped the mood with some fan favourites like Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’ and Bruno Mars’ ‘The Lazy Song’. Classics like this made even the most sensible of guests stand up and cavort the night away, including the temporarily injured Mr. Page who hopped about energetically on his crutches.
Lastly, a big thank you to the PrideInn Hotel for helping us host such a wonderful evening and to all the guests who came and enjoyed our company in aid of a very worthy cause.
By Henry Bennett