An online art auction in aid of Healing Venezuela was held between the 12 - 28 April. Curated and vetted by Henrique Faria Fine Art and Maddox Arts raised over £10,000 bringing to London over 20 of the best Venezuelan and international contemporary artists.
We would like to thank the wonderful gallerists: Henrique Faria and Mario Palencia for their enormous effort. Also, the incredibly efficient Eugenia Sucre, who made it all happen and the amazing artists, who participated: Lucia Pizzani, Renata Fernandez, Jaime Gili, Luis Romero, Oscar Abraham Pabón, Cipriano Martinez, Peter Griffins, Emilia Sunyer, Isabella Benshimol, Katherine Di Turi, Osvaldo Romberg, Lizi Sanchez, Emilia Azcárate, Juan Iribarren, Rodrigo Machado, Valentina Alvarado, Maria Teresa Gonzalez, Ivan Candeo, Emilio Chapela, Esvín Alarcon, Ramses Larazabal, Isabel Cisneros, Marylee Coll, Marina Bunimov, Susan Applewhite, Carlos Zerpabuenzueta, Diana Lopez, Andrés Michelena, Augusto Villalba, Piers Veness, Elizabeth Jobim, Marianela Perez, Luis Roldán and Mercedes Elena Gonzalez.
Take a look at the photos captured by David Racca at the evening of the opening reception.
We had a successful first quarter, both from a fundraising point of view and because we achieved our objectives.
Medical supplies and Equipment
We continued to collect medical supplies donated by GPs and hospitals:
HIV tests: we provided reagents and sequencing services for performing the HIV Genotypic Resistance test to people living in Venezuela with HIV. This will allow us to perform at least 40 tests to patients, and this will lead to adjusting their treatment to one efficiently restricting viral replication.This project is being managed by Acción Solidaria, an NGO, and I.V.I.C. the leading research centre in Venezuela.
Mental Health programme: We have delivered 6 stress management programmes to Salesians Ladies, a school in Caricuao (a low-income area in Caracas), the children's hospital JM de los Rios and Centro Medico. In all, these have benefited 157 people. Our partner in Venezuela is the local branch of an international NGO, The Art of Living.
Sexual health: to prevent teenage pregnancy, in the first quarter we provided 25 coils to girls between the age of 16 and 19 years, some of them already with 1 or 2 children. Our partner in Venezuela, ALAPLAF, is an NGO founded in 1976. It has had support from many national and international donors and has an excellent track-record
We couldn't have done all this without the support of our donors and our wonderful volunteers. The most successful fundraising event was an extraordinary Zumbaton which raised more than £12,000, but there also been smaller fundraisers (Facebook birthdays, corporate events and parties) and all have done better than we dared to hope for. We are now on Amazon Smile, a platform that allows charities to raise funds when the supporters use it. We haven't received the first cheque yet, but we expect Mr Bezos to be as generous as Mr Zuckerberg has been :-)
Thank you all for your wonderful support and please keep going. Venezuelans badly need all the help they can get.
Sharing the joy of giving through dance and fitness at our first Zumbathon, we managed to raise over £12,000! An event full of energy and passion led by the best zumba instructors in London, seen through the eyes of star photographer Dany Hernandez.
Thank you to all our hosts: Ivette Landino, José Ramon Betancourt and Angie Hernandez. And their wonderful crew of zumba instructors: Diego Andres Bonilla, Norma Barragán, Hernan Reinoso, Simona Sabova, Raquelita Burgos, Jasmine Shaddock, Kurt Oluwatobi and Martha Torres.
Also our team of fantastic volunteers: Rosalba Pastran, Brigida Donnarumma, Alicia, Brad, Iria Suarez, Johan del Rosario, Laura Ter Meer, Liliana Rodriguez, Paola Flamarique,Thamy Ixer and Yanella Martins.
To The London Cabaret Club, particularly to Doni Fierro and his crew: Alex Fierro and Alejandro Lovera.
And the amazing team of people who made this possible by raising an insane amount of money through their Justgiving pages: Sofia Leventis, Bea, Carmen, Lili and Laura, Sofia Sjowall, Militza Ortiz, Ivette Landino, Jose Ramon Betancourt, Angie Hernandez, Karim Lemke, Tolga Ediz, Raquelita Burgos, Lizbeth Simmonds and Yrais Blanco
Another shipment arrived to the Hospital "José Francisco Torrealba" in Altagracia de Orituco, in Guárico. Its an enormous relief to know these much needed medical supplies arrived safe and sound.
We are delighted to start 2018 with great news as two of our partners have received the shipments we sent: