Vanessa Gerrard and Olivia Toye are taking part in an amazing adventure of a lifetime climbing three of the highest mountains in East Africa for The Peaks Foundation. The Peaks Foundation is a registered non-profit that organises all-female mountain based adventure challenges in Africa, Asia and South America. The girls are part of a group of twelve ladies who are raising money for three charities in Kenya and Tanzania; Support for International Change, School of St Jude and Laikipia Wildlife Forum. The trip will take place next January 2012 and the group will climb 15,660 vertical metres in three weeks.
Vanessa and Olivia met 6 months ago and became great friends when they both applied to The Peaks Foundation’s “Three Peaks, Three Weeks Africa Expedition.” Being the only Londoners and to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this great adventure and charities, the girls have thrown a big party with 100% of the proceeds going to all three charities
The event taking place this Saturday 16th April is being held at The Paramount Bar, a cool 31 floors above the streets of Central London. The bar best known for its panoramic views across the city as far as the eye can see of London’s great historic landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the latest in modern architecture including Canary Wharf, The Gherkin and the soon-to-be-completed Shard of Glass.
Paramount Bar is known as being more than just a restaurant or a bar (it was actually a private member’s bar but is now open to the public) it’s an experience where you can take in a magnificent 360 degree view of London’s skyline. The site features an events space on the 31st floor, a restaurant, bar and private dining room on the 32nd and a Viewing Gallery on the 33rd floor. British Interior designer Tom Dixon has created a stylish environment that some describe as very James Bond where you can drink, dine and entertain high up in the sky.
The evening kicks off with an open bar from 8-9pm, yes you read that right, an open bar where you can chat away with your mates and mingle with other party goers. Music will be provided by two of London’s top DJ’s; DJ Ali and DJ Status Disko who will be spinning some tunes to let you party the night away. The evening will also have a Silent Auction where some great giveaways are on offer from weekend breaks in boutique hotels, tickets to Glee at the o2 and adventure with the Original Travel Company amongst a host of other awesome giveaways as well.
The great part about this brilliant bash is that 100% of all proceeds go to the charities. Not one penny is going towards the girl’s trip as all of their own monies is funding their trip next year. The tickets are only £35 and available in you pre-book now (not available on the door). Everyone loves a good party and what perfect way to get you dolled up than with a glamorous night on the town in Central London in the name of charity.
To buy tickets and find out more information about Ascendance check out http://ascendance2011.com
Vanessa & Olivia were featured in Here is the City! Follow the link to read the interview from Monday, April 11th, 2011. The event has also been listed in Cosmo UK’s ‘What to do this week’ feature.
Paramont Picture Dining Setting taken at Paramount www.paramount.uk.net