CCFA first international fundraiser held in London

Hosted at the enchanting Royal Geographical Society in London on January 29th, the first CCFA fundraiser offered a welcome start to 2020. Guest speaker Michael Charton, who has presented his talk over 300 times, was exceptional.

Charton, a South African historian, is known for his signature performance, My Father’s Coat. Charton presents an experiential account of history that is relevant across cultures and seas. He follows carefully selected South African protagonists over a period spanning 200 turbulent years. Mzilikazi, Kruger, Rhodes, Gandhi, Smuts and Mandela are each given a spotlight under which to lure in the audience by subtly endorsing their beliefs and biases, rather than eliminating them, providing a more inclusive overview of South African history. Through his performance, Charton also highlights the important role historic awareness plays in coming to understand current socio-political behaviour.

Guests at the fundraiser enjoyed South African wines sponsored by Painted Wolf Wine and Waterford Estate. All guests were given the opportunity to take part in an online auction for luxury African holidays, which was a success and helped to raise £30 000 on the evening.

The event was a great opportunity to raise awareness around CCFA initiatives and ongoing projects. 300 people attended the VIP reception held during the interval of the talk, where they enjoyed networking over canapes.

CCFA are overwhelmed by the amount of support shown by the South Africans living in London. We hope to make our fundraiser in the UK an annual event.