Fifteen Years of mothers2mothers Hosted by Annie Lennox4 November 2015
London, U.K. – 4 November 2015: To mark the start of the fifteenth year of mothers2mothers (m2m) work in sub-Saharan Africa, Annie Lennox hosted and performed for 250 guests last night at One Marylebone, London. The event was supported by MAC Cosmetics and Universal Music and raised well in excess of an incredible half a million pounds, funds that will support the charity’s work to create a generation free of HIV.
Guests enjoyed a drinks reception, with Alex Mytton DJing, supported by Gucci. Next Model Management were also out in force supporting the event, hosting guests during the drinks reception and dinner.
The evening began with presenters Hugh Bonneville and Kirsty Wark welcoming Annie Lennox to the stage. Guests listened to Annie speak of her longstanding involvement and commitment to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, bringing the audience’s attention to the fact that worldwide AIDS is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. She went onto perform two sets during the evening, including songs from Grammy nominated Nostalgia album as well as her greatest hits such as Sweet Dreams.
Victoria Beckham, who generously donated items from her pre-Spring/Summer 2016 Ready to Wear collection, spoke of her passion for mothers2mothers having visited the programme in South Africa on more than one occasion, seeing for herself the amazing work that the charity’s Mentor Mothers do.
Guests bid generously on auction lots including Bionda Castana exclusive collaboration with m2m, a signed keyboard from Gary Barlow, and a collection of Gibson guitars, signed by artists including Liam Payne, Coldplay, Sting, and Ed Sheeran. Jack Guinness then took to the stage to DJ the after-party, following Annie Lennox’s final performance and a few last words from Hugh Bonneville and Kirsty Wark.
WHEN: Tuesday 3rd November 2015
WHERE: One Marylebone, London, England
WHO: Annie Lennox, Tali Lennox, Victoria Beckham, Mollie King, Jodie Kidd, Hugh Bonneville, Samantha Bond, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Raquel Cassidy, Michael Fox, Livia Firth, Jack Guinness, Kirsty Wark, Leah Wood, Darcus Beese (president of Island Records), Stine Munch, Anastasia K, Nina Nesbit, Harvey Newton Haydon, Natalia Barbieri, Brix Smith Start
NOTES TO EDITORS: mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African-based not-for-profit organisation, trusted partner and implementer, at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy futures for mothers, their families, and communities. m2m’s peer-based Mentor Mother Model has been proven to achieve better health outcomes and reduce mother-to-child transmission rates, while also creating significant savings through averted HIV treatment costs.
Since its founding in 2001, m2m has reached more than 1.3 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries, and its model has been identified by the United Nations as a key strategy in eliminating paediatric AIDS and promoting healthy motherhood.