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Aon Gala Dinner Guests Dig Deep for FABW

Thursday 14th March 2013

Bidding was brisk as diners competed for a range of star studded prizes at a charity auction for Find A Better Way at the Aon Gala Dinner.

Auction lots included special access to the Manchester United team on a European Champions League away trip, a tour of the McLaren Formula One team headquarters and the exclusive use of a luxurious beachside villa in the Turks and Caicos islands, complete with a Butler and the use of two vehicles.

An amazing £97,000 was raised as the audience at the Aon Gala Dinner competed to secure the prized lots. Company donors also pledged a further £172,500 during the event, resulting in a fundraising total of £269,500 on the night.

Find A Better Way, a charity which is dedicated to finding solutions to rid the world of landmines, is funded with the help of generous support from companies in the global risk industry, including Aon.

The charity was founded by Sir Bobby Charlton and his presence has helped to forge a strong bond with Aon who sponsor Manchester United, the club which Sir Bobby played for throughout his glittering career in football and where he is now a Director.

Manchester United Manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was among guests at the Aon Gala Dinner along with ‘The Voice’ Russell Watson who did an impressive performance of three songs as his charitable contribution.

BBC World Affairs Producer Stuart Hughes gave a moving personal account of the injuries and distress caused by landmines. Stuart suffered serious injuries after being caught up in a landmine blast while working for the BBC in Iraq.

All items attracted great interest, including an England Team themed lot which featured tickets to a match at Wembley and an England shirt signed by all living members of the 1966 World Cup winning team, including Sir Bobby.

The two week luxury Turks and Caicos vacation attracted the highest price with the hammer eventually falling at £24,000.

“It was a fabulous event and people really got into the spirit of the auction,” said Mr John Edees, Chairman of Find A Better Way.

“Our thanks go to Aon for their generous hospitality and on going support and to everyone who supportedFind A Better Way on the night.”