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Double Whammy's £1,312 charity gift
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Local News
TWO Southend entrpeneurs recently launched a networking event for more than 60 business owners, raising more than £1,000 for three local charities.
Jill Poet and Mike Wilson launched Double Whammy Networking, a not-for-profit fundraising arm of the Organisation for Responsible Businesses.
The event provided lunch for those who attended and was a chance for the three charities – Southend YMCA, Southend Mind and Macmillan Cancer Support – to tell those who attended about the work they do.
Jill said Double Whammy Network are adhoc events and will be held at different times of the day and different venues. She added that the double whammy is that they will always provide quality business networking and raise funds for local causes.
She said: “There are already lots of business networking events in Southend, but this concept has really captured people’s imagination.
“Our events will always be sponsored, thereby ensuring at least 80 per cent of the ticket price goes to a charity pot. We don’t hold raffles or auctions on the day, because that’s not conducive to good business networking.”
The event at Saxon Hall, on Aviation Way, raised £1,312 for the charities. Jane Dolby, from Southend YMCA, thought the event was brilliant.
She said: “This was a fantastic platform to share information about the work Southend YMCA does with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people.”
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