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Farm Africa auctions a year of London date nights

07 April 2016

Farm Africa auctions a year of London date nights

From comedy and theatre tickets to wine tasting and dining out, there’s something for every couple in a lot of 12 London date nights being auctioned to raise funds for international charity Farm Africa. 

London couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment, but sometimes it’s a struggle to choose where to go for the perfect day or evening out to remember.

Farm Africa is offering to take the stress out of choosing how to surprise your other half by auctioning a package of London date nights that will supply a whole year’s worth of special memories. The full list of dates is:

  1.  A tour of the Sipsmith Distillery accompanied by a G&T
  2. A comedy night at one of London’s best comedy venues, the 99 Comedy Club
  3. Tickets to the immersive theatre experience Goosebumps Alive at the spooky Waterloo Vaults
  4. A day out at the London Sea Life Aquarium
  5. A meal for two at Kent restaurant of the year Chapter One
  6. A platter for two and a bottle of wine or cocktails at Soho’s 68 and Boston
  7. Two tickets to the Kia Oval Cricket Ground
  8.  A tasting menu for two people at the Disappearing Dining Club
  9. Tickets to a new release screening of your choice at the Barbican Centre
  10. A night at the Little Yellow Door’s infamous Friday Night Supper club
  11. A chance to learn a new dance style courtesy of Swing Patrol
  12.  Two tickets to the Three Wine Men’s fabulous wine tasting.  

The charity auction was launched today, two weeks ahead of Farm Africa’s Gala Dinner, which is being held under the Victoria and Albert Museum’s dome. Bids will close at 4pm on Thursday 21 April, the evening of the Gala Dinner, and is open to anyone regardless of whether they are attending the dinner.

The auction offers many other magnificent prizes, including an original Miró lithograph, a spectacular visit to East Africa walking in the footsteps of early man, two tickets to British Polo Day and a variety of Michelin-starred dining experiences.   

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Gala, at which a specially designed menu will be served by Michelin-starred chefs Ashley Palmer-Watts from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Tom Kerridge from the Hand and Flowers and John Freeman from Restaurant Sat Bains. 

The auction and Gala are raising vital funds to help Farm Africa support farmers in rural eastern Africa to grow themselves out of poverty. 

John Freeman, who visited a Farm Africa fish farm project in Kenya with Ashley Palmer-Watts, commented:

“We went to visit a fish farm and it was brilliant to see what Farm Africa does and how much effort goes in. The fish farms are like rays of hope for these farmers and the difference it makes to their lives is huge. I was delighted to be asked by Ashley to support Farm Africa’s Gala. I’m really looking forward to seeing how much we can raise for Farm Africa.”

Notes to Editor:

Bids for the Farm Africa Gala auction can be made online at www.farmafricagala.com

Tickets for the Farm Africa Gala are available at www.farmafrica.org/gala

For media enquires please contact Libby Plumb on 020 7067 1237 / 07711 663799 or by email at libbyp@farmafrica.org

Photographs of the auction lots, the chefs supporting the Farm Africa Gala, and Farm Africa’s work are available upon request.

About Farm Africa:

Poverty is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 40% of the population living below the poverty line, surviving on incomes of less than $1.90 a day.

But Africa possesses 60% of the world’s uncultivated land suitable for crop production and has huge capacity for development.

Farm Africa is an innovative charity that reduces poverty in rural eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more: we help farmers to not only boost yields, but also gain access to markets, and add value to their produce. 

We place a high priority on environmental sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources.

Our programmes vary hugely, ranging from helping crops farmers to boost harvests, livestock keepers to improve animal health, and forest coffee growers to reach export markets, but core to all of them is a focus on the financial sustainability of the farmers’ businesses and environmental sustainability.

For more information about Farm Africa please visit www.farmafrica.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.