After raising a record sum for HUSK Cambodia in 2017, we are once again partnering with Driven2Travel to organise the seventh London event scheduled for 26th-28th October at Andaz London Liverpool Street and sponsored by American Express. This is an unmissable party for passionate travellers and a great chance to meet new friends, have a lot of fun and raise money for a fantastic cause.
If you would like to stay in the Andaz, please contact our luxury travel concierge to get special benefits through Hyatt Prive.
Friday evening: welcome cocktails and canapés for those staying at the Andaz
Saturday afternoon: Curiosities of the City walking tour
Saturday evening: sparkling wine reception, gala dinner and charity auction
Saturday Gala Dinner
Our AMEX-sponsored dinner on Saturday night is the main event and will be held in the beautiful Masonic Temple at the Andaz. Choose from the below menu:
Duck scotch egg: baked ricotta, pickled beetroot, balsamic glaze
Dorset crab: avocado, carrot gel, heritage carrots & crisps
Burrata (v): citrus fruits, fennel, olives, broad beans, orange dressing
Fillet of beef: wild mushroom puree, wilted kale, ox cheek bon-bon, whiskey jus
Cod: polenta mousse, anchovies, fried capers, candied tomato, parsley foam
Black garlic gnocchi (v): tomato fondue, semi dried tomato, king oyster mushroom, basil
Banana parfait: Dulce de Leche, chocolate cream, popcorn
Spiced caramel apple cheesecake: crunchy hazelnut crumble, tonka ice-cream
Roasted pineapple: anise caramel, micro coriander, coconut sorbet
Cambodia is a wonderfully welcoming country with a tragic history. During the brutal reign of the Khmer Rouge, 30% of the population was massacred, including almost everyone who had an education, could read or write or spoke a foreign language. The country is now rebuilding, but the loss of skills, knowledge and labour from a generation has had a devastating impact – 14% children die before the age of 5, more than 45% children are stunted due to malnutrition and only 23% of children reach secondary school.
HUSK Cambodia supports some of the poorest people in the community, many living on $40/month or less. In addition to supporting families with clean water and housing, the charity runs an English-language school to ensure children receive full-time education (state school is only provided half-time) and a workshop, where the poorer women in the village earn an income from selling toy animals, bags and hotel uniforms. Thanks in part to the donations received at last year’s event, the most recent offering from HUSK is a vocational training workshop for the older teenagers to learn key life skills and improve their chances of employment – these are children who have never even seen a computer before. HUSK doesn’t simply give aid to relieve poverty now, but provides people the shelter, education and skills required for them to support themselves long-term.
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