In March, James Harley and friends hosted a fantastic night of art, food and music to raise awareness of male suicide and money for CALM. Here James reports back on his experience of the night:
“After months of preparation and hard work REMEMBER was finally here…….. 05.03.15 will be a night that many will never forget!
After working up until the very minute doors opened to the public, REMEMBER suddenly all came together.
Legendary London club Fabric had been transformed into an art gallery, a street food market & a music showcase all rolled into one, exactly the vibe the REMEMBER team were trying to create.
As soon as you walked into the venue, you were directed down staircase 2 straight into the art gallery.
Greeted by warm ambient lighting, old school hip hop & reggae, the relaxed vibes enabled the gathering guests to speak to friends whilst enjoying a couple of glasses of Prosecco and home-made Italian canapés.
The art showcase spoke for itself. Bespoke pieces by Daniel Mernagh and Carne Griffiths made the walls of fabric come to life.
As we moved past the Art Showcase, the CALM station was heaving. Everyone was keen to know more about what these guys do and why REMEMBER is so passionate about supporting them. Great to see so many REMEMBER friends and CALM volunteers interacting and chatting.
The food stations opened at 8pm – a little showcase from our great friends Street Feast, the nomadic street food circus hosting some really amazing food and flavours. I managed to free up two seconds to enjoy a DOGTOWN hot dog and it was bang on!
9pm and the main room opened, our residents and Co-founders Seb, Eddie and Jack setting the tone and the vibe on the decks. People started to pour through from the arts showcase and Street Feast stalls, laughing, joking and having fun in the REMEMBER photo booth!
As we approach 10pm I was backstage getting ready for my speech,……introducing REMEMBER and explaining what we stand for – luckily for me I had no time to be nervous since I’d been rushing around most the evening. I could hear our host Normski warming up the crowd everyone was loving it.
I took a large gulp of water and walked on stage, great to see so many friends, old and new, in the crowd as I started my speech. It was great to recap on what REMEMBER aims to achieve – a non-profit event combining the things we love – street food, art and music in a friendly environment where we could talk about men’s wellbeing. It was great, albeit emotional, to raise a glass to those no longer with us and a time to REMEMBER the ones we love.
After we showed the CALM ‘Tom, Dick and Harry‘ video, highlighting the shocking facts of male suicide, it was certainly hard hitting but also a great way to connect CALM with the crowd. Everyone really united at that moment it was beautiful to see.
To finish off the speeches we had the David Lynch foundation highlighting the power of Transcendental Meditation and the benefits it has on mental health which was really engaging.
Picking up the mood was our host Normski who well and truly got the place rocking as well as presenting our raffle, which featured some amazing prizes donated from organisations such as SGP and had the crowd going nuts.
We raised just over £1000 for CALM, which will fund 143 calls to the CALM helpline, each one potentially lifesaving, so that’s a possible 143 lives saved. That makes all of the hard work organising the event worthwhile.
With the raffle over and the confetti cannon going off all over the dance floor, the party really started with amazing live music from Crazy P and guest DJs keeping us partying right until the last track. It was truly was a night to REMEMBER and we can’t wait to bring to you the REMEMBER summer vibe where we will be taking the event al fresco, this time transforming an outside space.
Please check out our FB Cause page for all the latest info and updates on the next REMEMBER event. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!”
James Harley – Founder
R E M E M B E R
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