The Friends of the Rose Bowl 22nd Annual Dinner and Auction was a huge success. Frederick’s was filled to capacity as members of our local community and their guests listened to the moving story shared by Maya Duplan. She faced several challenges, fears and disruptions to her education while her mother suffered from debilitating cancer. Maya was supported, encouraged and counselled by the youth workers who work tirelessly at the Rose Bowl Youth Centre in the New River Estate.
I had an unforgettable evening at the Rose Bowl Gala dinner on Monday night. Seeing Frederick’s restaurant filled to the brim with people from Islington showing their support for this fabulous youth centre, for some of the most disadvantaged young people in our community, was heart-warming. And hearing about the transformative nature of their work, both from Maya who was helped so much in difficult times and from Clive and Dawn whose evident passion and care for the young people they help, was nothing short of inspiring.Ziyad Marar, Canonbury Resident
Oswin Baker, Chair of the Friends of the Rose Bowl, set the scene for the evening and kept guests entertained and engaged. Clive Tachie, Youth Work Manager at the Rose Bowl, described some of the issues endured by the children and young adults who attend the centre. He also spoke of the services and programmes provided to build their confidence, teach them skills and to create a sense of safety, community, respect and fun.
Breann and Keiron, two young adults who attend the Rose Bowl, did a sterling job to help raise funds by selling raffle tickets. And Natalia Voinova, a talented auctioneer from Christie’s, tapped into the guests’ desire to make a meaningful contribution to such a worthwhile cause. Raffle and auction prizes were generously donated by local businesses and neighbours.
It was so lovely to join the Rose Bowl team and wider Islington community for your Fundraising Gala at Fredericks. It was so clear from the young people, trustees and supporters of the Rose Bowl how much care and generosity the staff inject into the work. Hearing directly from the young people about the impact you’ve had on them, was a powerful testament to your work within the community.Sarah Stallwood-Hall, Director The Big House
We are grateful to, among others, Almeida Theatre, Borough Kitchen, Canonbury Hair and Beauty, City Academy, Farang, Frederick’s, Gary Power, Highbury Vintners, Hungry Bikes, Ink@84Books, Nourished Communities, Ottolenghi, Ray Stitch, Untitled (Flowers), Vins Restaurant and 69 Colebrook Row.