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Huntin’, Paintin’ ‘n’ Fishin’ for The Summer Eventia Delegates

Delegates attending The Summer Eventia held in Brighton, 5-7 July 2009 enjoyed a varied mix of fun and socially responsible networking activities outside of the main educational programme.

Aimed at ‘giving something back’ to the community, delegates:

  • Painted a playground at St Bartholomew’s School to transform a concrete jungle into a fun, new and engaging environment for the pupils
  • Pledged almost £1,500 to Meetings Industry Meeting Needs charity and over 500 hours of time to charitable causes
  • Donated clothes, shoes, toys and other items for use by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove’s charities, ‘Martlets Hospice’ and ‘Friends of Brighton and Hove Hospitals’
  • Gained an insight into the newly-launched international Green Globe Index.

The painting activity at St Bartholomew’s School formed part of a social programme which included a city-wide treasure hunt around the Laines of Brighton ending with a fish and chip supper on the pier!

“It’s great that VisitBrighton’s first CSR incentive package was received so enthusiastically. Eventia’s delegates looked like they had great fun and I know that the children really appreciate their new playground. This kind of activity just goes to show that you can organise a value-led event that results in a positive social impact on delegates with minimal impact on the environment,” commented Julia Gallagher, Convention Bureau Manager, VisitBrighton.

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Ann Norman said: “I would personally like to thank Eventia and the Summer Eventia 09 delegates for the generous donations given to my two nominated charities.  We do hope we shall see many return visits to our wonderful city, be it on a business or leisure basis.”

Izania Downie, CEO, Eventia said: “Following a full day of education, the community-focused activity was the perfect way to round off a brilliant day. Knowing that we had actively done something worthwhile really was the icing on the cake to our event and a fabulous way to evoke a sense of team spirit.”

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