The two Charities which GABIT supports through our Events are a hugely important part of what we do and why we do it and they are both very close to our hearts.
"Yes we are that little charity fund raising event company. We know exactly what we are doing, and we are very proud of it!"
Julia Hague. Closing Ceremony, AT6, November 2012.
We are delighted to raise money for Amanda's Charitable Foundation -Sanctuary for Kids, which is a not for profit foundation, launched in November 2009 by Amanda, Damian Kindler and Jill Bodie. It which supports international and local charities that provide vital aid to children and youth in crisis. It receives online donations, runs online fundraising initiatives and also provides access to auction items from Sanctuary to raise those funds.
GABIT started fundraising for "Sanctuary for Kids" at our AT4 Event in November 2009, where we raised over £16,000 for them. We raised even more for them through our "Sanctuary Experience" in the summer of 2010 in Vancouver, with $90,000CA across a single weekend and the entire cast and some of the crew of Sanctuary pitching in and making a wonderful event. At AT5, in February 2011 we raised £30,000, a phenomenal amount of money for such a small group of people to raise. AT6, in November 2012 raised a further £30,000 adding up to over £100,000 in total since 2004.
With AT7 scheduled and already in the planning stages for February 2014 we are working on more ways of raising money for them because "Sanctuary for Kids" will always be a part of fundraising at Amanda's Events with GABIT.
Gabit Events Ltd guarantees that Sanctuary for Kids will receive 100% of all revenues donated to them at our events, and 100% of all monies taken at the Charity auction and/or via raffles. Gabit Events does not take any Charity proceeds for administration costs or other costs whatsoever.
GABIT is also pleased to have collaborated with Sanctuary for kids in facilitating the manufacture and distribution of merchandise for the Foundation's online store, including facilitating the sale and distribution of autographed photographs of Amanda to benefit the Charity. The distribution model and day to day administration of it, is being provided by Gabit at nil cost to Sanctuary for kids.
Registered Charity Number 293358 (England)
We started supporting "Hearing Dogs for Deaf People" in 2005, a small Charity which stole ours and Amanda's hearts. We now have a stupendous 10 GABIT dogs and one unborn 11th puppy (Ozzie)in the kennel, each changing the life of a deaf person, and our relationship with the Hearing Dogs people has grown and been cemented over the past eight years. Hearing Dogs will always be a part of fundraising at Amanda's AT Events and we look forward to adding to the kennel at each Event.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is a registered charity which selects and trains dogs to respond to specific sounds which hearing people often take for granted, such as the alarm clock, doorbell, baby cry, telephone and smoke alarm.
Instead of barking, the dogs alert the deaf person by touch, using a paw to gain attention and then lead them back to the sound source. For sounds such as the smoke alarm and fire alarm, the dogs will lie down to indicate danger.
We are especially thrilled that the very tiny puppy which Amanda fell in love with at AT1 - Iris - and who is featured in many of the photos of Amanda from that Event and also AT2 when Iris was bigger - is now a fully trained Hearing Dog and is one of the GABIT sponsored dogs, along with her brother Ives. Iris paid a special visit to us at AT4 and her owner gave a moving speech of thanks to Amanda and the fans for sponsoring Iris. It is quite simply the generosity of you, Amanda's loyal fans, who have made this all possible and so from the bottom of our hearts, we humbly thank all of you for your generosity and love as these ten dogs go on to change ten deaf peoples' lives forever.
Amanda said it herself – her fans are quite simply the best fans in the world and you are!
Gabit Events Ltd guarantees that Hearing Dogs for Deaf People receives 100% of all revenues donated to them at our events, and 100% of all monies taken at the Charity auction and/or via raffles. When paying for your auction pieces at the Charity Auction, your money will be taken via their own credit card machine and will go directly into their account. Gabit Events does not take any Charity proceeds for administration costs or other costs whatsoever.