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High tea and jazz raises AED 200,000 for seafarers

Posted Wed 09 Feb 2011 03:49:22 am in News, Tourism & Hospitality | By Dubib.com News Desk

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On Saturday 5th February, the lawns of the British Embassy in Dubai saw the 4th and best yet, annual Angel Appeal “High Tea and Jazz”. As guests of HE Guy Warrington, his wife Karen and The Mission to Seafarers Dubai gathered to have a wonderful time whilst supporting a noble cause. A lovely afternoon was had by over 450 glamorously attired and ladies and gentlemen who enjoyed a superb afternoon tea, including victoria sponge cakes and scones with jam and clotted cream and raised a record AED 200,000 to support The Angel Appeal. 

The Mission for Seafarers’ Angel Appeal supports the M/V Flying Angel, a customised vessel that goes out to ships anchored off the east coast of the United Arab Emirates taking much needed communication facilities to thousands of seafarers. 

The Flying Angel operates seven days a week during daylight hours, offering email and telephone facilities, a welfare officer, book and DVD libraries and a place to chat, relax and unwind.  Since April 2007, when she was launched, Flying Angel has welcomed aboard over 70,000 seafarers who have made over 105,000 phone calls touching the lives of over half a million seafarers, their families and their loved ones.  She has quite literally been transforming lives. 

Reverend Stephen Miller, of the Mission to Seafarers, Dubai, said: “The high tea and jazz event has become a flagship fund raising event and promotes awareness about the role seafarers play in our lives and the work of the Flying Angel.  The money raised is vital in supporting the seafarers upon whom we all depend.” 

Guests in the garden were entertained by saxophonist, William Gibbs, an exciting musician new to Dubai.  William very kindly donated his time and talents playing an impressive 3 sets which were greatly enjoyed by all. 

The auction/raffle was also the most successful to date and raised in excess of AED 90,000 for the charity. Sponsors for the prizes included Emirates Airline, Dubai Airports, Dubai Autodrome, Atlantis, Kempinski, Fairmont, Monarch, Bab al Shams, Raffles, Westin, Hilton Fujairah, Rococo, Jumeirah, Sue Tyson, Chrissie Jenkins, Montgomerie, Motivate and Le Merdien Al Aqah.



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