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City fundraising event brings in £80k for Christian charities

Five Christian charities specialising in evangelism and discipleship received more than £80,000 at a Dragon’s Den-type fundraising event in the City of London on Tuesday (13 Nov) ...

Five Christian charities specialising in evangelism and discipleship benefited to the tune of well over £80,000 at a Dragon’s Den-type fundraising event in the City of London last Tuesday.
 
In a format similar to that of BBC2’s popular Dragon’s Den programme, the five all made short presentations about their work to an invited audience and were then quizzed on various aspects of their business plans and strategies.
 
However, the TV Dragons (such as Theo Paphitis, Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones) were all unavailable, so the grillings were instead carried out by members of the audience – many of whom work in finance and other careers in the City.
 
The five charities were:

  • The Damaris Trust, which creates and distributes outreach materials based on new feature films as they go on general release
  • Make Jesus Known, which aims to do exactly that to young people in the north west
  • International books ministry Christian Books Worldwide, which has a heart to support the church in south Asia and elsewhere
  • Nflame, which serves churches and secondary schools in north London
  • Kick London, which seeks to “Transform young people’s lives with God’s love through football” 

The evening was organised by the Kerygma Fund, which encourages Christian philanthropy towards innovative and effective charities such as these.
 
Kerygma Fund Chairman Matt Bird commented: "This was the second Kerygma event of this type. We were amazed and delighted that we managed to raise almost double the amount that was given just six months ago. This is a testament both to the vision and commitment of the organisations taking part, and to the quality of their presentations.
 
“Furthermore, it is fantastic to see the audience themselves reflecting that commitment in their generous and sacrificial giving to these five very worthwhile, Gospel-centred charities”.
 
The next Kerygma Fund event will take place on 7 May 2013. For more information contact kerygma@makeithappenuk.com

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