Richard Branson raises R6m for young people

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Charity event hosted by Richard Branson raises an estimate of R6m for young people in Britain and South Africa.

The after-dinner charity auction raised funds for young people in Britain through Virgin Strive, a fundraising initiative of the Big Change charitable trust, and also young entrepreneurs at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

The event at Sir Richard Branson’s home in Oxfordshire also recognised the founders and directors of Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales as part of the annual Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 awards.

At the event Sir Richard Branson congratulated the Fast Track 100 companies on their success and called on entrepreneurs to take advantage of the economic recovery to grow their businesses and increase exports.

The annual Fast Track 100 annual conference featured an awards dinner that celebrates British entrepreneurship.
Awards were sponsored by major UK companies including Barclays, The Sunday Times and Virgin.

The evening’s charity auction was for Virgin Unite and the Big Change charitable trust, conducted by Charlie Thomas of auctioneers Bonhams.
Guests were offered the opportunity of joining Richard Branson and others on a leg of the Virgin Strive Challenge, raising an estimated R1m for Big Change programmes helping youngsters in Britain obtain crucial life skills.

The second lot, which raised an estimated R4m, was the chance to accompany Richard to the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa and to his private game reserve, Ulusaba.
Over the last nine years, entrepreneurs at the Fast Track 100 event have raised over R34m for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa, which helps young South Africans develop the skills needed to start and run their own businesses.

The Strive Challenge will take place in August and September this year, and will see a team travel from The O2 in London to the summit of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, entirely involving human power.
The challenge involves running from London to Dover in three back-to-back marathons, rowing the English Channel, cycling 900km plus to Verbier in Switzerland, and hiking across the Alps to Zermatt before finishing by climbing the Matterhorn...


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