November 2011 - London Animal Charities Fair
Trustees Jacquie Teera and Carolyn de la Plain ran a stall selling UCF merchandise, including the BeadforLife recycled paper jewellery made by women in Uganda, at the London Animal Charities Fair in the Camden Centre on Sunday 6 November 2011 raising over £340 to help support our team in Uganda.
Well done ladies!
April 2011 - London Marathon
UCF obtained a place in the 2011 London Marathon and Declan Lynch kindly volunteered to represent the Charity and raise lots of sponsorship. UCF were very grateful to him and CitiGroup, who kindly supported his efforts, and helped raise over £1,200 for our work in Uganda. Thanks Declan.
September 2010 - Chelsea Grand National,
UCF's new fun event, The Chelsea Grand National, was held on the 19th September at Burton Court, Chelsea Royal Hospital.
This was well attended by families who watched and enjoyed the Pantomime Horse Races and Dressage, children's races, Tug o'War etc., and listened to or enjoyed the Jazz Band, tombola, aeroball, face painting, cream teas, Pimms in the Park and Hog Roast! David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation provided a large exhibition of prints and paintings which were enjoyed by all.
After two closely run heats of the Chelsea Grand National Pantomime Horse races the final of the event, sponsored generously by Peter Lobbenberg & Co., was won by the horse sponsored and manned by the team from Ivory Europe. A dressage display by pantomime horse 'Toy Town' (alias Michael Keigwin and his more glamorous rear end partner) was thoroughly enjoyed and raised a substantial sum of sponsorship. UCF would like to thank all the horse and dressage sponsors for their generous support and also the pantomime horse runners for their staying power.
The 5-a-side football competition was won by the Wandsworth Wanderers. The Tug o'war proved extremely popular with adults and children alike with many pulls being organised.
UCF were very pleased to welcome a number of the Chelsea Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea and provide complimentary food and drink whilst they enjoyed the horse races and other activities.
A few photographs from the event are shown below.
UCF would like to thank those companies and individuals who supported this event through sponsorship, prizes and/or giving their time as volunteers including:
Peter Lobbenberg & Co., Ivory Europe, Serena Coad Events, Sunningdale School, Far Horizon Safaris, The Gourmet Cupcake Company, Nari & Yoshie's Sushi School in London, Oddbins, Virgin Active, Lush, Wilkin & Sons 'Tiptree', G G Print, Potters Parties, Anna & Spencer, Icebox, Sipsmith, A J Rosettes, Boots, Cotswold, Geronimo Inns, Horse Racing Enterprises, Admiral Crichton, Mas de la Font Wines, Gina Foster Milliner, Sara Packard Personal training & Wellness Therapies, Trustees of the Estate of P G Wodehouse.
Patrick Mavros Gallery Night - June 2010.
The Trustees of UCF would like to thank all friends and supporters of UCF once again for supporting their work by attending the Patrick Mavros Gallery for an evening in aid of UCF's work in Uganda. Those attending enjoyed an evening of drinks and canapes.
An auction of donated items received generous support and our thanks go out to Sculptor Hamish Mackie, Artists Julia Leonard and Annabel Pope, and also to Sarah James for their kind donations of auction items and especially to the generous successful bidders! Thanks also to our friends who donated raffle prizes including Tamsin de Roemer, Monkey Lou and Wilkin & Sons.
Finally our thanks go to the Patrick Mavros Gallery for making the venue available, to Ivory Europe and Cameron Cavendish Fine Wines for their sponsorship and to the generous support of all those attending.
Patrick Mavros Gallery, London - June 2009
Over 120 of the friends and supporters of UCF attended the Patrick Mavros Gallery and enjoyed an evening of drinks and canapes. The gallery is situated in Fulham Road, London and the interior has been described as akin to an 'African hunting lodge' with its wonderful collection of African items, fine silver sculptures, accessories and jewelry all of which are for sale.
During the evening an auction of donated items attracted much interest and the proceeds of the event will enable UCF to continue its practical activities for the benefit of the people and wildlife in Uganda.
The Trustees would like to thank all our friends and supporters who attended the event and we look forward to seeing you at other events to be organised in the near future. To receive an invitation to our next event please send us your contact details.
Tim Cooper, Managing Director of William and Sons, with Caran d’Ache pen he kindly donated to the raffle
“Wild Endeavours” art exhibition, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London
UK law firm Collyer Bristow must surely be unique in having a professionally-curated art gallery in their London offices! We were therefore delighted when, through the efforts of Collyer Bristow partner and then UCF Trustee Andrew Dixon, UCF were invited to hold a fund-raising art exhibition there.
Collyer Bristow’s generosity included the advice and support of their curator, housekeeper and Business Development Team who managed to find time in their busy schedule to design and print invitations and organise mailings on the charity’s behalf: we are indeed grateful to them.
The challenge of putting together an exciting show fell to Trustee Carolyn de la Plain and the indefatigable Prue Keigwin, and resulted in the participation of over 20 UK artists, and a stunning display of works including photographs, sculptures in both silver and bronze, and artworks in every medium from acrylic to wool! We were particularly pleased that, through DSWF, we were able to feature the works of three generations of the Shepherd family: David, daughter Mandy, and granddaughter Emily Lamb.
Also crucial to the success of the exhibition was the inclusion of works by seven Ugandan artists: these were selected by a panel in Kampala comprising Roni Madhvani, chairman of the Uganda Tourist Board, and British High Commissioner Francois Gordon and his wife; the works were then flown to England by DHL, framed at short notice by Andy Richardson of Wensleydale Framers, and transported to London by Mike Challoner of Picture Post: truly a team effort, and their help was indispensable and gratefully acknowledged.
A glittering Open Evening was held on 19 September, with over 100 invited guests. BA kindly flew the evening’s speaker, UCF Director Dr Lillian Ajarova to London for the event, which was sponsored by private bank Arbuthnot Latham and tour firm Quest Uganda. Despite problems with the post and the sudden collapse of Northern Rock (nothing changes!), the evening was a great success. The raffle alone made nearly £2,000, and enormous thanks are due to Unthank Farms, Tiptree, artists Gillian Graves and Philip Cayford QC, and author Alan Forward who donated the prizes, and to the volunteers who so persuasively sold tickets on the night, and also cheerfully undertook more menial chores.
Altogether more than 20 works were sold during the exhibition, which was an excellent result under the circumstances. The works by Ugandan artists remain with UCF however, and more have been sold since, with two works by Paulo Akiiki being auctioned at the Mavros event this year. The exhibition also brought us more friends and supporters, and we are eternally grateful to Collyer Bristow and to everyone who so generously gave their time and/or money, to help make “Wild Endeavours” possible.
Alan Forward, author of “You Have Been Allocated Uganda”, dealing with the country’s transition to independence, has kindly offered to donate £3 to the charity for all sales coming through UCF. The book is available from Poyntington Press (visit www.clearsited.co.uk/ugandabook), priced £15.
UCF also has a small number of framed lithographs by Andrea Hunter available for purchase, at a cost of £50 including p&p to any UK address. These can be ordered via the UCF shop.
Founder Michael Keigwin, Director Lillian Ajarova and former Trustee Andrew Dixon.
From left are Trustees Phil Woodcock, Patrick Jackson, Michael Keigwin, Carolyn de la Plain, Tim Came, Sam Pilcher and former Trustee Andrew Dixon.
For our supporters in Uganda
Come and party in Kampala and help the Uganda Conservation Foundation celebrate 10 years of supporting anti-poaching and community conservation in Uganda.
If you are living in Uganda, or just visiting on March 2nd 2013, why not join us at 'The Starlight Safari Ball' to be held at Sheraton Poolside, Kampala. Help raise support to build a ranger post in the Delta of Murchison Falls National Park where lions, giraffe and elephants are getting caught up in snares. Help raise funds for the protection of Uganda's wildlife and heritage.
Wonderful auction items and raffle prizes for some lucky people.
To find out more or to purchase your tickets see the details on the poster below.
If you are unable to attend but would still like to support the work of UCF you can still donate online here now
Donation from Skal International Kampala Chapter 611
UCF is pleased to acknowledge with thanks the donation of UGX 2,000,000 for our 'efforts towards conservation activities in Uganda'. This donation was made at a dinner meeting of Skal International members in Kampala in October 2010. The presentation of the cheque was made to Charlotte Beauvoisin, UCF Marketing Development Manager, who gave a short talk on the work of UCF in Uganda.
Skal is a professional organisation of tourism leaders around the world, promoting global tourism and friendship. Skal International has approximately 20,000 members across 89 nations. For further information on Skal please click here.
Skal members hand over their donation cheque
UCF's 2nd Annual Charity Art Exhibition 'The Art of Conservation'
Thank you to all our Ugandan supporters who visited UCF's 2nd Annual Charity Art Exhibition 'The Art of Conservation' in Kampala, kindly hosted by Alex Porter at Awaka.
The exhibition featured the work of 15 Ugandan artists and sculptors including: Paulo Akiiki, Taga Nuwagaba, Margaret Nagawa, Teresa Musoke, Henry Mujunga, David Kigozi, Mary Naita, Enoch Mukibi, Mutebi Fred Ronex, Ajuuko Hood, Consodyne Busabo, Ashleigh Olsen and others.
To receive an invitation to our 2010 event please send us your contact details. We look forward to seeing you.