A NOVEL approach has been taken to the guest speaker slot at the sell-out Guernsey Investment Funds Association annual black tie dinner next month.
Guernsey charities will benefit by a total of £8,000 as a result of the move to keep the entertainment local rather than hiring a professional performer from off the island.
A number of local personalities will each perform a five-minute stand-up comedy slot with the one voted by the audience as being funniest receiving £5,000 towards their Guernsey charity of choice. The runners-up will also each receive a cash sum to benefit their chosen charity.
GIFA Chairman Horace Camp said: “Our annual dinner has always been relatively informal and we decided to do something different this year which has the added benefit of boosting the coffers of local charities.
“We are grateful to the ‘acts’ we have signed up for being such good sports and we look forward to an entertaining after dinner treat.”
The speakers will include deputies Kevin Stewart and John Gollop along with lawyer Alison Ozanne – dubbed “the alternatives” to reflect the investment fund theme.
The initiative is 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 congratulate the GIFA dinner committee on their creativity and are pleased to associate ourselves with this event which will make a considerable difference to local charities and hopefully raise some smiles in the process.”
The pre-dinner reception is sponsored by ABN Amro and the production of the evening by Delta.