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ADPR raises £500 for Soul of Africa

by Sophie Quartley 19 Dec 2008 19:56 GMT

Top marine public relations specialist ADPR Ltd has raised £500 for Soul of Africa, a charity which helps HIV-victims in South Africa.

The proceeds from an ADPR festive fundraiser will be used by Soul of Africa to buy vital seeds so a South African orphanage can grow its own fruit and vegetables.

Soul of Africa, which is ADPR’s adopted charity, makes and sells hand-stitched footwear which helps HIV-victims through trade not aid and creates sustainable employment for South African women.

The cheque, appropriately in the shape of a shoeprint, was presented by Alice Driscoll, Managing Director of ADPR, to Lance Clark, Soul of Africa founder.

Alice said, “We decided that this year, instead of a staff party, we would help others less fortunate than ourselves. The whole team rose to the challenge, baking cakes, organising a fantastic raffle, selling tickets, and then hosting an open afternoon at our offices.”

Clients, staff, family and friends all helped support the special Christmas coffee and cakes afternoon at ADPR’s offices at New Cross Court, West Lambrook, near South Petherton. Raffle prizes included a light aircraft flight for two around the Solent, Helly Hansen jackets and other goodies, kindly donated by staff and clients.

ADPR’s offices were decorated with African artifacts loaned from local resident, Jimmy Nankervis, who used to live in South Africa, and ethnic paintings from one of the world’s top silk painting experts, WestCountry artist Paula Carnell.

ADPR’s marine clients include Raymarine; Helly Hansen; Chemring Marine; Sailtime; Contender; Holmenkol; Ocean LED, Halyard, CJR, VersaDock and Bitter End Yacht Club.

For more information about Soul of Africa, go to www.soulofafrica.org.za

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