Call My Wine Bluff passes £1Million!

Posted on May 19, 2014

Hardeep in full song

Hardeep in full song

Call My Wine Bluff 2014 aimed to raise enough to pass £1 million since the first event 6 years ago. Thanks to the generosity and spirit of the 180 people who laughed, listened, chatted and drank their way through the evening the objective was achieved – by some way.

The audience in London’s Gibson Hall roared at the unbelievable and hilarious wine tales spun by panellists Josie Lawrence, Fay Ripley and Hardeep Kohli Singh, voting gleefully for the one they guessed to be true. They were finger pointingly delighted when the two volunteer wine experts sitting bravely in the spotlight got the fewest number of correct answers of all, a pattern that is tellingly repeated most years. And they kept hitting the screens of their tablets to bid in the auctions.

As a long time Action Aid supporter and the originator of the event, as well as being one of the founders of the Millione Foundation, I was especially pleased that one of the auction lots was dedicated to Millione and raised £5500 towards financing our sixth school in Sierra Leone.

All the money from this evening of fun and fundraising went to support Action Aid’s work in developing countries. This year most of the £126,000 raised was matched pound for pound by a Government fund to help some of the world’s poorest girls and women, like those living on a vast rubbish tip in Kenya whose stories we saw by video. That took the total to £232,000 on the night and £1,150,000 in all. Not bad for having fun.

What makes Call My Wine Bluff really stand out from other charity fundraising dinners is the fun. The copious amount of wine helps too. This is how wine should be enjoyed- as a riotous way to have fun with friends, not a bafflingly snobby subject that leaves most people feeling confused. The tickets for Wine Bluff are not cheap at £275 each but people come because it’s fantastic fun in a great cause. Many have been several times. One group has been every year for each of the 6 years.

What’s not to like? Does good and tastes good. Come next year if you can.

Read more about Action Aid’s ‘She Can’ appeal where every £ you give is doubled, and about Call My Wine Bluff 2014

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