Bobs A Job Auction
Birmingham City Council Councillors and Senior Managers offered their own time to be auctioned off to do any odd jobs all in aid of charity. On Thursday 8 March, the Lord Mayor hosted the event which was organised by Councillor Tim Huxtables wife Keeley Huxtable.
The event saw local Councillors being "sold off" for hundreds of pounds to do any job the buyer wanted - such as making tea, gardening, decorating, office jobs and even an aromatherapy massage. The buyers were Birmingham City Council employees, stakeholders and other Councillors.
Digital Birmingham were taking online bids using the social medial tool of yammer which proved very popular. The Lord Mayor was thrilled with the event which raised an impressive £2,000 for the Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal - a big thank you to all who took part and the organiser Keeley.
Cool and Casual for Charity
Council employees and local schools enjoyed being creative and in some cases wacky and wild with their Lord Mayor’s Charity “dress down” themes!
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham encouraged all Council employees and local Birmingham schools to get involved her Charity ‘Dress Down’ Day. In return for “dressing down” a donation of £1 was made which will go directly to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.
The Lord Mayor spent the day visiting schools and Council offices where they were being imaginative with their themes and holding additional fundraising activities to raise extra funds for the charity appeal.
The first visit of the day was to Highfields Nursery and Children's Centre in Saltley. The theme for their day was “Glam Day”, children and staff dressed in their best glamorous outfits, there was face painting, making tiaras session, fun wake and shake dancing, a red carpet parade for the best dressed and a delicious buffet. The Lord Mayor was presented with gifts; a saris and a tiara which she proudly wore throughout her visit.
The nursery aims to raise an overwhelming £1,000 throughout their fun packed charity week – the Lord Mayor is bowled over by this huge donation.
Northfield Adult Educational Centre was the Lord Mayor’s next stop, Council employees had organised a fun filled Olympics theme day where staff and learners were encouraged to dress in their sporty attire and take part in Olympic themed quizzes, bake and tea sales. The Lord Mayor met with learners on art, jewellery and mathematics classes and thanked everyone for taking part in her charity day.
Council employees at Margaret Street, Council House held a very impressive cake sale with lots of homemade cakes being sold, along with tasty chilli and rice and a huge raffle – with some excellent prizes. The Lord Mayor was thrilled with the amount of employees taking part to help raise the vital funds the charities rely on.
The final visit of the day was to Boldmere Junior School to take part in their “Lord and Lady Day”. The children spent the day learning about the role of Lord Mayor and asked the Lord Mayor many questions – some more unusual than others. The children enjoyed waltzing, making their own bow tie and Lord Mayor's chain. In the afternoon the school treated everyone to afternoon tea with scones, to finish off the fun filled day a celebration assembly was held to present certificates for the “best Lord and Lady outfits”.
The Lord Mayor thoroughly enjoyed her day and wished she could have visited more places to thank everyone for taking part. Donations have been coming in thick and fast and we hope by the end of March we will have a grand total to share with everyone.