Our inaugural gala dinner, the Big Red Ball, supported by 21 athletes including Ambassadors Mark Cavendish, Zoe Smith and Mark Hunter raised over £480,000 for our sport and play programmes that help improve children’s lives.
The Big Red Ball at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday 6th November saw 500 guests including athletes, supporters, sports partners, corporate partners and private investors in attendance. The evening was supported by Title Sponsor Deutsche Bank, Drinks Reception Sponsor King & Spalding, and Event Supporter Polycom. Entertainment came in the form of live music and a Q&A with Cavendish, who spoke about his recent trip to Right To Play programmes in Tanzania- you can watch a Special Report on Sky Sports News about his trip here. Cavendish also donated three auction prizes that contributed over £30,000 towards the night’s total.
Getty Images Q&A- Mark Cavendish and Chris Hollins
Cavendish isn’t the only Ambassador to have visited Right To Play programmes and perform a key role at the Big Red Ball, Olympic rower Mark Hunter also recently visited Tanzania and gave an inspirational account of his trip at the Big Red Ball. Paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike also gave a moving speech about growing up in Kenya as a child with a disability and how sport had impacted her life.
In what has been an incredibly exciting and sport focused year for the UK, it was a perfect time to have our first ever gala dinner, harnessing the power of sport to raise an amazing amount of money for children around the world.
Check out our photos from the evening here.