On 24 October we celebrated Academy® Award winner, artist Nick Park becoming our patron with a reception in Bordeaux Quay in Bristol.
With Nick Park doing live sketches of his much loved characters Wallace & Gromit and hundreds of raffle tickets being sold Deki raised £4,500 on the night. Two of the 15 sketches were bought for £500 each, with all proceeds going to Deki.
Nick Park said:
“I’m delighted to become Deki’s Patron. It’s such a simple idea – to connect individual people in this country to individual people in some of the poorest countries in the world, so they can offer first-hand, direct support.”
Deki Founder and CEO, Vashti Richards said:
“Having Nick’s support means so much to us at Deki. We’re a new, young charity and we’re delighted that such a creative force, famous for his inspirational ideas, thinks Deki is such a good idea!”
Special guests included Tonderai Manoto, Programme Manager for Temwa, Deki’s newest field partner in Malawi who spoke on behalf of the borrower communities there. He said:
“I cannot put into words what difference these loans are making to a remote community on the North shore of Lake Malawi, where most people live on less than a dollar a day. These loans are allowing people to start small businesses and to realise their dreams.”
Amongst the 70 guests were several Bristol entrepreneurs, artists and dignitaries, including the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress.