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Colour & soul with Chances for Children

Riviera Insider was honoured to be invited to Chances for Children’s fundraising event at the Monaco Yacht Club on Friday 10th November by charity director Gabrielle Crump. The themes of the evening – vibrant colours, lively music and plenty of soul – came together in a 10-minute video of the foundation’s wards in Uganda, who performed a heart-warming dance via Skype for the 150 people in attendance.

Chances for Children is a foundation based in Lunguja Kampala, Uganda, which currently looks after 55 orphans between the ages of four and 13. Gabrielle and Russell Crump manage much of the administrative side of the foundation and its fundraising activities from Monaco, where they live, and earlier this month put together a fantastic event at the principality’s yacht club.

Gabrielle and her husband Russell are pictured centre at the event.As Gabrielle, our Expat in Focus for the November/December edition of Riviera Insider, explains: “Every penny donated goes into helping the children. We don’t plan to grow and helps thousands of orphans – many other organisations are already doing that. We have agreed that it’s best for us to stay small and concentrate on our little family of kids – some of whom were orphaned as tiny babies – who don’t have parents who can raise them. That job is down to us.”

The aim of the fundraiser was to generate funds to pay the rent of the property in which the children are currently housed. Gabrielle hopes this is the last time that the foundation will use a rented property as it is their 2018 to buy land on which to build a fully-equipped campus.

Money donated to the charity goes towards covering the childrens’ daily expenses, from school fees and supplies to clothing. Individual children can also be sponsored.

Partners at the event included Currencies Direct, Julius Baer Group, the Yacht Club de Monaco and many other contributors who provided tombola prizes: Emmakavuma's Art, Ginger Lime and Honey, Suzanne Ward, Fanny Rigaud, Blue Tree Massage and Elanda VILLA, Glam Monte Carlo, The Queen Bee handbag cleaner and Heidi de Love (Riviera Insider’s editor Elsa Carpenter was lucky enough to win one of Heidi’s luxury wellness baskets). Staff and helpers at the event wore dresses from the Trisha Patterson Collection, which is continuing C4C’s work with a trunk sale this week in Monaco.

The total amount raised is still being totted up, but Gabrielle and her team have already extended their thanks to all who came and donated generously.

A note from Chances for Children:

Chances for Children is growing and we needs more hands on deck! We are looking for support with admin and sponsorship relations, both in Kampala and Monaco. We will always stay very personal and hands on with every supporter, but we would like to hear from you if you’d like to join the team! It could be sporadically, or regularly. This work will be paid in smiles and great satisfaction. Please email or pm us at and have a good look around the website if you want to know more: