2014 DFNI Charity Ball

The 2014 DFNI Charity Ball, now in its 19th year, will take place on Friday 11 April 2014 at the Lancaster Hotel in London.

This year’s proceeds will go to The ABC Trust and will be used to construct a school for orphans in Kyasira, Uganda.  The Adrian Buckley Charitable Foundation has already made a significant improvement to the lives of the children in Kyasira by building the orphanage and now with your help is working to build Kyasira Home School to provide the children with an education and thus a route out of poverty.

More information is available on DFNIonline.com.   Every year we are astonished by the generosity of the duty-free and travel-retail industry.  The 2013 event raised an incredible £85,000 for the London Supply Group Foundation project to construct a nursery school in the Primero de Mayo neighbourhood in Puerto Iguazú, and this is something we are determined to match in 2014!

How can you help?

Any donation, big or small, will make a difference.  You have been very generous in the past and we hope that you will be able to help us again this year!

  • Prizes donations

All prizes donated will be used for a live auction, silent auction, raffle and other games and will be used to raise funds:

  • Main Auction Prize Donations – these need to be high value items (valued from £800 to £3,000) or an experience-based package or holiday break (usually inclusive of air tickets).
  • Silent Auction Prize Donations – last year we raised a great deal of additional money through a silent auction of products valued at between £100 and £800. We received handbags and other fashion items, beauty products, premium liquor, gifts, theatre and football tickets and jewellery.
  • Prize Donations for other Fundraising Games and raffles – these are smaller products and gifts from any category:  fragrances, liquor, confectionery, accessories, jewellery and so on.
  • Gifts for the goody bags – goody bags are given on the night of the event to all the guests attending and we are grateful for all donated items to fill the bags.
  • Cash Donations
  • Attend the event:  of course, we hope that you will join us for a night of fun, fundraising and networking at the DFNI Gemstones & Jewel Charity on Friday 11 April 2014 – tickets are £199.00 + VAT or £1,990.00 +VAT for a table of 10.

The evening will be full of glitz and glamour and promises to be an night not to be missed!  Guests will enjoy a champagne drinks reception, dinner, entertainment and dancing.  It is the ideal way to mix business and pleasure whilst helping to raise vital funds for this year’s charity.

For all contributions, table enquiries or for more information about the event, please contact:

Heather Austin-Olsen
T : 44 (0) 20 8253 8607
E: heather.austin-olsen@DFNIonline.com
W: www.DFNIonline.com/events

Please help us again and join us for a fantastic evening at the Gemstone & Jewel Charity Ball!

Buckley Jewellery and The ABC Trust

Letter from Adrian Buckley – CEO/Founder of Buckley Jewellery.

Buckley Jewellery and The ABC Trust are delighted and honoured to have been chosen as the beneficiary for the 2014 DFNI Charity Ball.

In these financially constrained times it is humbling to observe the kindness and generosity of the travel retail industry in its support of this event. All proceeds received will be used to construct a school in Kyasira, Uganda to complement the orphanage opened there in February 2013.

I founded the ABC Trust in 2012 after visiting Kyasira with my sister where we were shocked to observe the impoverished conditions in which the children were living, without running water and sanitation. It was at this moment that I decided to establish the ABC Trust to help improve living conditions for the children at Kyasira.

Through my business Buckley Jewellery, we were able to generate the funds required to construct an entirely new orphanage with the sole intention of improving the quality of life for the children that reside there.

The Orphanage was opened on the 18th of February 2013 by the Archbishop of Kampala and it now provides a safe and secure home for over 70 orphans.

It was always my ambition to build a complementary school for the orphans as education is the only route out of the poverty trap that besets many of the children in Uganda. This is why I am convinced that the money raised through this year’s Charity Ball will make a huge difference for children of Kyasira not only now but for years into the future.

The school will include an administration block and one block of six class rooms which will include three nursery classes and three primary classes with the ability to extend to seven classes in the future.

I would like to conclude by thanking you all for being here tonight and for your wonderful generosity. I would also like to thank Amanda and the team at DFNI for their efforts in arranging tonight’s ball.

Please enjoy your evening and thanks again.

Adrian 2





Adrian Buckley


October Update in Uganda

Following the rapid progress on the building front the project remains on target for completion before Christmas this year. Adrian spoke to the Sisters about requirements for the orphanage once the building is completed , it was agreed that the Trust would make additional funds available for the fixtures and fittings such as Curtains, Beds, Bed linen, mosquito nets, new clothes for the children ,new shoes for the children ,a new TV and satellite dish, a new computer to facilitate communication and to provide a learning experience for the children.

Other requirements will be addressed on an ad hoc basis as the project nears completion.

We would like to repeat our thanks to Mr Kalanda and his team at Kwewayo Contractors for the rapid and efficient progress they continue to make.

Kyasira Home of Hope

Kyasira Home of Hope

Kyasira Home of Hope is a Ugandan orphanage located off the Entebbe Road between Kampala and Entebbe. It caters for destitute street children with about 45 living there at present. All welfare, and most health and education in Uganda is provided by religious and faith groups on a charitable basis. Kyasira Home of Hope is run by 4 Religious Sisters from the Order of the Good Samaritan, whose mission is to care for the most needy. They refer to the children as their ‘sons’ and ‘daughters’ and provide a loving environment for them.

You can read all about the project here –  http://www.abctrust.co.uk/projects/uganda