Charity fundraising platform, Give A Dinner Party, is providing a chance to support good causes and meet new people. Launching in Brighton this April, it’s a new online venture which makes it simple to organise and sell tickets for mini charity fundraisers. These could be a dinner party, a picnic, a barbecue or even a cocktail evening…
“We chose to launch in Brighton because this city is so special,” says Mark Viegas (pictured right with co-founder Sze Lin). “When you walk around, you’re greeted with smiles and thoughtfulness. There’s an energy and a passion for sustainability, plus throw in Brighton’s welcoming and energetic party vibe and you have the perfect home for the launch of Give A Dinner Party.”
Now, Give A Dinner Party is appealing for people to sign up as Founding Hosts and organise events, which will enable them to earn a lifetime share of the profits for their chosen charity. With only a limited number of spots available, those interested are encouraged to register their interest at www.giveadinnerparty.com “We designed our concept to bring people together and make a positive difference,” continues Viegas. “If Brighton likes this, we aim to roll the concept out across the UK and beyond. Our mission is to bring a smiling face and a helping hand from Brighton to Timbuktu. As a business we’ve committed 20% of all profits to charity for life via our Founding Host scheme.”
The website will enable hosts to involve their friends and family, but also to invite new people with common interests. Visitors to the website will be able to search for dinner party events to attend and look for people with whom they have something in common, whether that’s scrabble, Mexican food or cycling on the South Downs. Hosts will have the final say on who can come and will be able to ask any prospective guests questions on the platform. Give A Dinner Party events can take place anywhere – in a home, a restaurant, an office, a pub or a community hall. Viegas set up Give A Dinner Party with his wife Sze Lin after the couple decided to combine their love of helping people with a business. Having set up a vintage Tea Room in their village in Kent, they noticed how many people came in on their own to have a chat. “We realised then that there was a silent epidemic of loneliness. In today’s society people often live far away from their families and childhood friends,” he said. “It’s a sad fact that it’s easier to get a date than to make new friends!
“Our platform is designed to bring people together and lend a helping hand to the causes that need our help. It’s also accessible to virtually everyone – there’s no need to run a marathon or jump out of a plane at 10,000ft!”