An incredible £13,000 was raised in support of EdUKaid, at the ‘Great Vending Get Together Ball’.  The 8th annual event hosted by Tim and Sarah Varney from Revive Vending was held at the exclusive Haven Hotel in Sandbanks.

 Tim and Sarah Varney 

The evening began with a moving presentation by Revive Vending’s Managing Director and Chair of EdUKaid Tim Varney showing images of EdUKaid’s work in Tanzania.  Tim was able to show guests the incredible impact the Vending Industry has achieved through their generosity over the past 8 years including pictures of a brand new classroom funded through proceeds from last year’s event. 

 Tim Varney giving presentation 

After a lavish 3 course dinner, NIVO’s Managing Director Graham Kingaby conducted a lively auction including items donated by Beyez Villas, Annie Arkwright, The Whisky Shop, Benders Paper Cups, Graddon Vending and Tower Leasing.  Guests were able to buy colourful balloons giving them the chance to win champagne or a souvenir from Tanzania.  Inspired by Tim’s presentation 3 companies pledged to sponsor pre-primary classes for the coming year providing an education nearly 500 children.  Tim was also presented with a cheque for £1,000 from NIVO and £1,300 from Automatic Vending Services – both companies have supported the charity for a number of years.

 NIVO presenting cheque to Tim Varney

Tim told us ‘I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my colleagues in the industry – year after year they show incredible support for EdUKaid’s work changing the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged children.  This charity is very close to my and Sarah’s hearts – we have seen for ourselves the incredible impact that EdUKaid achieve and the difference that the vending industry are achieving by supporting events like this one’.  The fun filled evening concluded with a live band and some fabulous moves on the dance floor.  

 guests at ball 

In the 8 years since the event began the vending industry has raised over £125,000 and a number of vending supporters have undertaken individual challenges in aid of the charity.  This support has dramatically improving the lives of thousands of children in one of the most remote areas of Tanzania.  Tickets are already in great demand for next year’s event to be held on Saturday 12th October - for more information contact Sarah Varney on [email protected].