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Gary's thought for the Month - W2S 2 WC2

Gary Muddyman | 28th August 2015

Conversis is proud to support the charity Wembley to Soweto (W2S)

One of the great privileges of my life is the opportunity to know some outstanding people who devote their lives improving the lives of other human beings. It’s even better when I get the opportunity to put them in touch with each other.

Such an occasion occurred last week at the launch of W2S 2 WC2, the start of a year-long collaboration between Wembley to Soweto (W2S) and The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London, where the Club will display the photographs taken at international sporting events by disadvantaged young adults trained by W2S.

Conversis is proud to support W2S as the charity complements our philosophy to promote the understanding of different backgrounds and cultures across the world. The wonderful photographs taken by the young adults trained by W2S create a fascinating window on their world.

W2S use major sporting events as the backdrop to their various projects, but the real interest is in the lives of the people living in their communities close by. Their students have also been given the opportunity to take some amazing photos of some of their heroes too, including Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Michelle Fairley, Bill Nighy and Alan Rickman, which were recently featured on the Guardian’s website.

Last week’s launch took the form of a private view and reception attended by invited guests, including a number of celebrities, and sponsored by Conversis.


Chatting to Tamsin Grieg with W2S’s founder, David Westhead.

David Westhead the charismatic and totally committed Founder and Life President hosted the event and I was proud to invite Jane Gates, OBE, the inspirational CEO of Sebastian’s Action Trust, a charity supporting the needs of seriously ill children and their families.

I have written before on my admiration for both David and Jane and it was great to see them meet and start what I believe will turn out to be a strong friendship and positive meeting of minds.


Lesley McDonald (far left) and Jane Gates, both from the Sebastian’s Action Trust, get to chat to a top celeb … and Bill Nighy!

David and Jane share a selfless devotion to their cause and an ability to inspire those around them. The organisations they run make a real difference to the lives of young people. They are outstanding people and Conversis is proud to support both charities along with Translators Without Borders and The Rosetta Foundation, two further organisations doing extraordinary work in disadvantaged communities through the provision of language services.

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