We did it! $11,000 raised for Paris charity

UPDATE: The raffle is over, we raised over $11,000!!!

If you missed it but still wish to make a donation, here is the link

Now… back to the explainer. In Paris we’ve watched, listened, and learned as the Black Lives Matter movement swept across the world.

And we want to help make a difference.

So, we’ve got an AMAZING set of prizes to offer you, prizes we’ve got from some of the most prominent names in Paris’s Black Community. Prizes featuring French antiques, food, culture, wine… (and more on the prizes in a second).

To have a chance to win, simply buy a raffle ticket for $10 from this Go Fund Me page.

The charity is the Wells International Foundation, run by African-American-Parisienne Monique. It focuses on people of African descent, education, the empowerment of women, and more.

Oh look, there’s Monique below, giving us all an introduction to Black Paris on YouTube.

To explain the concept of this fundraiser, with the help of a beautiful backdrop, here’s a quick video Lina and I made today about it all, and here’s the link to buy a raffle ticket or five.

The three prizes, to be drawn on Monday night, are:

The Tuileries Prize

Oh, this one’s a treat for all you who love art and culture… It includes:

  • A €150 Gift Voucher for Madame de la Maison antiques and collectibles. Her eye for antiques is incredible, check out her treasures here (and that’s her pictured below).
  • An original Paris watercolour painting from Lina (revealed on Friday)
  • A Paris walking tour with Oliver, in person or online. 
  • A €50 Gift Voucher for Le Peloton Cafe (works for bike tours, coffees, waffles, and merch.)

The Luxembourg Prize

Oh, this one’s a treat too, especially for those who appreciate a good glass of wine…

  • A personal wine tasting in Paris, or virtually, with certified wine expert Tanisha Townsend from Girl Meets Glass (that’s her below).
  • A copy of the excellent and beautiful book: A City Guide to Black Paris, which is curated by Jacqueline Ngo Mpii of Little Africa. (The book is in English too, more info here). 
  • An original Paris watercolour painting from Lina (to be revealed on Saturday)
  • A €50 Gift Voucher for Le Peloton Cafe (works for bike tours, coffees, waffles, and merch.)

The Monceau Prize

Oh, another treat! This one’s for the foodies!

  • The Ultimate Paris Goodie Bag from Yanique at My Parisian Life. Check out more from her here (and that’s her below).
  • An original Paris watercolour painting from Lina (to be revealed on Sunday)
  • A very limited edition of Paris On Air featuring a handwritten page at the end… with the first page of book two.
  • A €50 Gift Voucher for Le Peloton Cafe (works for bike tours, coffees, waffles, and merch.)

If those treats don’t appeal to you, then I cannot believe you’re even reading my page. I want to win it all myself!

Anyway, please spare $10 for a really good cause. It means a lot to me (and my wife Lina) and we’d love your help to make a serious difference.

Here’s that link, one last time – good luck in the raffle!

Oh yes, here are the three original watercolours from Lina, to finish things off. Good luck!

Hang on, you’ve scrolled to the bottom? OK, you’re surely interested in the raffle then. Here’s that link again, once and for all. Good luck.

4 thoughts on “We did it! $11,000 raised for Paris charity

  1. What a wonderful idea!! You both have surely been inspired by the lockdown, your time in the 7th, and your desire to enlighten others. I’m proud to be associated with you both! Amities, Stephanie Spence Diamond

  2. Oliver and Lina, you are wonderful to set this up. Thanks again for all you are doing to make this world a better place. Keep safe.
    Love,
    Joy Solanki

  3. Bravo Oliver and Lina for providing us the opportunity to support a great organization like the Wells International Foundation. I love your quick action taken and the creativity of the packages…. thank goodness there is a special prize in each package …. Lina’s beautiful artwork 👍😊

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