Dan Assor has been in touch with an update to the fund raising livestream which took place on the 29th November. The amazing 11 hour event has so far raised £5,730 and donations are still being received. The proceeds are going to three charities, EventWell, MAKEITBLUE, and Meeting Needs. The press release below has more details and features a link to the donations page.
Conceived and hosted by event director and podcaster Dan Assor, the 11-hour virtual event has collected £5,730 on behalf of three event industry charities: EventWell, MAKEITBLUE, and Meeting Needs.
Dan explained: “We know that mental health-related illness affects one in three event professionals every year and I launched Event Relief last year to enable our industry to pull together and support colleagues who are struggling. For people already experiencing stress and anxiety the current economic climate is piling on financial worries, fuelling further distress. Every donation we have received will go towards helping those in need.”
The event, held on 29 November as part of the global Giving Tuesday movement, saw a live stream in which companies and individuals from across the event industry ran a mixture of fun and informative sessions on the hour every hour, to raise awareness and donations through creative and imaginative approaches. Sessions included industry quizzes and conversations, yoga, pilates and mindfulness.
Among the participating companies and individuals were Lizzie Williamson, “The excuse buster from down under”, Doug Emslie, CEO Tarsus Group, Event Mender, Business Design Centre, FFAIR, Gleanin, Lineup Ninja, Clear Path Analysis, Karen Perea of Shocklogic, Gordon Glenister – influencer marketing consultant, University of East London, Expo Stars and Nineteen Group.
The event was streamed live, running from 8am-7pm GMT on Just Giving, as well as live across Dan Assor’s YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn pages.
Speaking for beneficiary charity Meeting Needs, Kate Conway said: “We’re so delighted with Dan’s initiative. We support a number of charities with grants for the work they do and this will be most welcome.”
EventWell’s Helen Moon said: “Huge, huge thanks to all the generous donors from everyone at EventWell and the beneficiaries that the funds will go to help. It really does make a difference.”
Sarah Webster from MAKEITBLUE added: “We couldn’t be more grateful to Dan and all the donors for making this happen. Event Relief was a triumph and has become a fixture on the events industry calendar”.
Dan Assor added: “On top of the monies raised for these three organisations, I’m confident that the mental health and wellbeing cause itself will have benefitted from the raised awareness the campaign was able to drive on social media.”
EventWell is a charitable social enterprise, dedicated to cultivating mental health awareness, with the aim of campaigning, educating and supporting better mental health and wellbeing in the event industry. Pledge by EventWell offers grant giving and financial support to any event professional experiencing personal struggles or hardship.
MAKEITBLUE is a community interest company started by the UK events and entertainment industry, aims to support colleagues and others) in need, and promote mental health awareness through arts, culture and entertainment projects. They generate funds to support selected charities and creative engagement projects that have a specific focus on mental health and wellbeing.
Meeting Needs is a registered charity founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events industry. The objective of Meeting Needs is to raise funds for worthy causes relevant to the events industry.