Our Another Way Fundraiser Dinner took place on the 20th November 2019 and was a great success, raising over £100,000. The evening was studded by compelling speeches from Emmanuel da Silva, reformed prisoner and author, and two of our Another Way attendees.
Aged 38, Emmanuel found himself facing a 23-year sentence in Wormwood Scrubs prison, one of the most violent prisons in the UK. Since then, Emmanuel has turned his life around, completing degrees in Social Science and Religion and in Arts and Humanities, as well as writing a book, Killing Time. Just as Emmanuel found another way, the Harrow Club’s Another Way project works to offer young people alternative routes to violence and improved life chances. We are very excited to announce that from April 2020 Emmanuel will be assisting our Another Project.
Similarly, two of our Another Way project attendees spoke at the event, sharing experiences about the dangers facing young people living in the local community. In particular, how young people can easily become the targets of postcode gang warfare. Both speakers emphasised the crucial role that the Harrow Club’s Another Way project plays in keeping them safe and focused on creating a positive future for themselves. Our Another Way project has put twenty young people into college or training and ten into work since February 2019 when this project launched.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Emmanuel and our young people for speaking at our event and raising awareness about the challenging circumstances facing young people in our community, but also demonstrating that with the right support, no challenge is insurmountable.
We would also like to say how incredibly thankful we are to our table hosts and guests who attended and so generously supported our Another Way 2019 Fundraiser. The funds raised will go directly towards sustaining and developing the life-changing work we do.