People-to-people solidarity: Emerald 50 Fund celebration with The Other Foundation
10 July 2019
Last week, GiveOut hosted a dinner with The Other Foundation to celebrate the Emerald 50 Fund, established by Steve Wardlaw and his insurance company Emerald Life to fundraise for grassroots LGBTQI activism across Southern Africa.
The evening brought together friends and supporters of GiveOut, business professionals and LGBTQI activists, to celebrate the Emerald 50 Fund and learn about The Other Foundation, which works to advance respect for LGBTQI human rights across Southern Africa.
The Other Foundation’s Executive Director Neville Gabriel and Co-Chairs Bella Matambanadzo and Xhanti Payi spoke about their vital work and the struggle for LGBTQI equality in the region, working with churches, businesses and the development sector.
“This is people-to-people solidarity, transforming philanthropy”, said Neville Gabriel, describing the evening and GiveOut’s work to grow giving for LGBTQI human rights.
The Emerald 50 Fund was launched with GiveOut in March 2019, with over £20,000 raised so far.
“South Africa is very close to my heart. It is a place I love, and a home away from home. The launch of the Emerald 50 Fund is my way of giving something back to the country by supporting those courageous activists who are working to improve the situation for their communities”, said Steve Wardlaw, Chair of Emerald Life.
To give to the Emerald 50 Fund visit www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/Emerald50Fund. Individuals will be able to choose whether Gift Aid can be claimed on their donation, meaning GiveOut can claim an extra 25p for every £1 given. Further, anyone buying an Emerald policy can choose to donate 5 per cent of their premium to the Fund simply by using the code 50FUND when they buy.
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