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People Never Cease To Amaze Me

Ark Riders Party March 2017

Believe it or not (and those who know me definitely will), I can be very cynical sometimes. Perhaps it’s just the times we live in, perhaps it’s just me becoming older and grumpier. But, as I look around at the current state of the UK (and the world), I wonder where things are going for the human race.

It seems that when I was a kid, it was all about keeping up with the Jones’s. Now, it’s more about keeping up with the Kardashians and I am not sure I feel good about it!

But then, I get involved with something like Ark Riders and realise all is not lost. People do still care and causes can bring people together.

Ark Riders Party March 2017On Thursday night we had our Ark to Arc launch party. Quite a few people behind the scenes had put in a lot of work to make it happen, including our main sponsor Merit Group, and we stood nervously setting up at around 6pm wondering if anyone would turn up.

By God did they turn up!

  • Firstly, the awesome team behind organising the raffle on the night who went on to sell around £1,400 worth of tickets.
  • The guys at Winklebury Cycles for donating a bike to auction.
  • Champion Group who donated an iPad to auction.
  • Then, there was Glen from Berkshire Bentley who turned up with a £313,000 car for us to auction off as a luxury chauffeur experience and meal (he ended up letting us double up and raising £1,500 alone on this).
  • Neale Killick from N2N Solutions and David Croombs from Croombs Electrical for the big auction bids!

Finally, there were the guests. A great selection of the good and the great of Basingstoke coming together to drink alchohol, have fun and give cash away.

We raised around £4,400 on the night!

Sense of humanity restored. Thank you.