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The MicroLoan Christmas party, held at Frankie’s restaurant raised close to £8,000 for the Chiswick-based Foundation. Almost 150 people attended, including Kenson Chipacka, the Foundation’s Malawi director and MLF’s first ever employee. Half was raised from ticket sales, and a further £4000 was raised from the auction held on the evening.

The MLF’S aim is to provide small loans, basic business training and on-going mentoring support to people in the developing world to enable them to develop self-sustainable livelihoods.

Attendees included the Foundation’s trustees, volunteers and supporters, notably Sir Alan Munro who chairs the Beit Trust which funded the construction of Kasungu Head Office; Greg Delaney whose agency did the marketing support work for the recent Grand Walk;a large number of Grand Walk organisers including Rowena Ironside who has worked tirelessly for the Foundation, and the MLF’s largest private donor who has given the charity a donation of £50K.

Auctioned lots included g
olf at Loch Lomond Golf for two, golf for two and accommodation at the Stapleford Park Country Estate.

A Malawi carved model of Noah’s Ark went for £410, a Malawi cribb set went for £210, a Richard Ogden necklace from a bond street jeweller went for £350 and three handbags were sold for £450.

Other auction items were tennis and style lessons.
This, the third Xmas party from the Foundation, raised over 30% more than last year.

Tom Hall, Partnership Manager of the MicroLoan Foundation said, " This celebration for an up and coming charity in its Chiswick heartland was a great success and we are delighted that its core founding support continues to grow. The selection by the Daily Telegraph as their core charity for their Xmas appeal would not have happened without it."

December 12, 2006