THE Guernsey Investment Funds Association’s annual dinner guest speaker slot was regarded a success after four local personalities took to the stage for a stand-up comedy performance raising £8,000 for local charities in the process.
The four contestants, dubbed “The Alternatives” to reflect the investment fund theme of the dinner, each had a five minute slot with the one voted by the audience as being funniest receiving a cash donation towards their Guernsey charity of choice.
Andre Austin, a Director at Swoffers, won over the sell-out crowd with his performance focusing on the States and the other contestants to take the top prize of £5,000 for his nominated charity the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.
Deputies Kevin Stewart and John Gollop along with lawyer Alison Ozanne all received £1,000 each for their chosen charities YPG, the Disability Alliance and Les Bourgs Hospice for their comedic efforts.
GIFA Chairman Horace Camp said: “Andre, Kevin, John and Alison all bravely performed stand up slots during the dinner. It was great to do something a bit different this year for the speaker slot and we’re grateful to the four contestants for taking part to the benefit of the four local charities and the amusement of the audience.”
The guest speaker slot was sponsored by Butterfield Bank, a provider of custody services to the Guernsey funds industry, which is celebrating 40 years in Guernsey this year.
John Robinson, Managing Director of Butterfield, said: “We’re pleased that the alternative idea for the guest speaker slot was so well received by the GIFA dinner audience and that four deserving local charities have benefited from the event.”