Variety – the Children’s Charity World Conference Comes To Jersey For The First Time February 29, 2016 6:48 PM



Jersey children will benefit from funds raised at Variety World Conference whilst grand gala honours the humanitarian work of Rio Ferdinand and Julia Morley

Over 200 delegates, celebrities and charity stalwarts from 13 countries will come to Jersey in April for the 2016 Variety World Conference.

It is the first time the global event has been held in the Island and a fantastic tribute to the renowned work done by Variety – the Children’s Charity of Jersey on behalf of disabled and underprivileged children.

The conference will take place from April 28th to May 1st 2016. Through a mix of engaging and thought-provoking presentations and workshops, it aims to explore fundraising best practice, encourage idea sharing across the regions and provide benefits to the children of Jersey.

Confirmed speakers to date include Stef Kessler, CEO Variety Australia, Charlie Hulme, MD of DonorVoice, and Dr Mark Graham, Head of Social Investment and Enterprise at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The Keynote Speaker will be Matt King OBE; at the age of just 17 he was left paralysed from the neck down after a rugby tackle. Since then, he has continuously sought to help others who have suffered similar injuries, completed the ING New York City Marathon and raised thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

Two awards ceremonies will be held over the conference weekend to honour people for their dedication to improving the lives of children around the world. A Heart Awards Dinner will be held at The Radisson Blu on Friday 29th April, and Saturday 30th April will see the Variety Awards Gala Dinner.

During the Gala the following highly prestigious awards will be presented:

  • The 2016 Humanitarian Award: to Julia Morley, Chairman of the Miss World Organisation
  • The 2016 Catherine Variety Sheridan Award: to Rio Ferdinand, Former Manchester United Defender
  • The 2016 Sir James Carreras Award: to Professor Anil Dhawan, Kings College Hospital

Money raised during the conference will fund a sensory pool for Oakwell Children’s Respite Centre in Jersey. The target will be to raise £50,000 to bring this project to fruition.

The conference will also showcase the very best of Jersey with delegates invited to attend excursions to places of interest such as Jersey War Tunnels. The delegates will also be invited to the Jersey Children’s Party, an important item on Variety Jersey’s calendar.

Variety has a network of 44 offices in 13 countries (Jersey, UK, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Barbados, Ireland and Japan) and many millions of individual children around the world live a better life because of the generosity of Variety’s donors, sponsors and supporters.

As Patron of Variety – the Children’s Charity of Jersey the Lieutenant-Governor, His Excellency General Sir John McColl KCB CBE DSO, will be attending the opening of the conference. He says:

‘Welcoming the Variety World Conference to Jersey is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the remarkable work of Variety supporting children across the globe. It also allows us to showcase our beautiful Island to delegates from all over the world. Variety Jersey gives magical experiences to disadvantaged children every year and the World Conference will enable our volunteers to learn from others and to share their own best practice.’

Variety International President, Barbie Hislop, says:

‘All children are special, however, Variety’s core purpose is to serve children who grow up with a serious illness or disability. These are extra special children who require an exceptional type of help and unlike many organisations, Variety does not focus on a single disease or condition but on multiple unmet needs. Through the sharing of ideas, best practices and innovation at the Jersey Conference, Variety aims to fulfil its promise to be the most effective and trusted children’s charity in the world.’

To download the Press Release, click here.

To learn more about the 2016 Conference, click here.