Celebrating Three Decades of Impact: Global Fund for Children Raises Over £1.5 Million at 30th Anniversary Gala

May 2, 2024 | Press Releases

30 April 2024 – LONDON, Frameless. An evening of celebration unfolded at the Global Fund for Children’s 30th Anniversary Gala, marking a significant milestone in the pursuit of children’s rights worldwide.Esteemed guests, partners, and supporters congregated for an unforgettable occasion dedicated to honouring three decades of advocacy for the world’s most vulnerable youth.

The highlight of the evening was the remarkable generosity of donors, notably the £800,000 raised by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, who presented a symbolic cheque during the event.

GFC leadership

GFC's Co-CEOs Hayley Roffey and John Hecklinger with GFC founder Maya Ajmera. © Karen Hatch

We are immensely grateful for the overwhelming support demonstrated tonight,” remarked Hayley Roffey Co-CEO, “This significant contribution thanks to funds raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, will fuel our ongoing efforts to empower children and young people worldwide, ensuring they have the resources and opportunities to thrive.”

Leading the festivities were joint CEOs, John Hecklinger and Hayley Roffey, joined by a constellation of luminaries including GFC Founder Maya Ajmera, Gladiator Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Nitro), sports icons Tim Benjamin and Mark Richardson, rugby legend Serge Betsen, Peloton’s Hannah Frankson, acclaimed actor MyAnna Buring, Grammy-winning gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds, and Global Fund for Children’s Ambassador Susan Chardy. The event was elegantly hosted by Zuri Hall, Emmy award-winning US TV personality, social activist, and Global Fund for Children Ambassador.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to all who graced this occasion, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to our cause,” expressed John Hecklinger, Co-CEO. “Together, we stand as a formidable force, united in our mission to champion the rights of every child, and trust in youth leadership in this sector – that they know how best funds for them need to be spent.”

GFC team

GFC Ambassador Zuri Hall with GFC Co-CEO Hayley Roffey, GFC founder Maya Ajmera, GFC Co-CEO John Hecklinger and GFC Ambassador Susan Chardy. © Karen Hatch

The evening unfolded amidst the immersive ambiance of Frameless, transporting guests on a journey around the globe. Through captivating multimedia experiences, including video presentations, live performances, and culinary delights including a specially curated menu for the evening, attendees were introduced to the impactful work of Global Fund for Children’s partners, underscoring the organisation’s unwavering dedication to empowering local communities.


About Global Fund for Children

Three Decades of Impact: For the past 30 years, Global Fund for Children has been steadfast in its commitment to supporting community-based organizations worldwide, empowering children and youth to realize their full potential while advocating for their rights. With a presence in 42 countries, the organization proudly supports 331 local partners, granting unrestricted funds to community projects and fostering youth leadership.

Pioneering Change: Global Fund for Children has been a trailblazer in the charitable sector, disrupting norms by providing flexible funding and amplifying the voices of youth leaders and activists. As the organization commemorates its 30th anniversary, it remains steadfast in its resolve to drive transformative change with renewed vigor and audacity.

A Global Impact: With partnerships spanning the globe, Global Fund for Children collaborates with local organizations to catalyze sustainable change in social norms, policies, and practices affecting children and youth. Since 1997, the organization has invested $56 million in over 1,000 grassroots organizations, making a tangible difference in communities worldwide.

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Global Fund for Children (GFC) UK Trust, created in 2006, is a UK registered charity (UK charity number 1119544). We work to generate vital income, create new fundraising opportunities, and raise awareness of the invaluable work of GFC’s grassroots grantees. Our aim is to extend the reach of GFC in the United Kingdom, Europe, and beyond.

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