Wednesday 19 June 2013

The 2Inspire Network celebrates its 1st Anniversary & fundraises for the 2inspire Academy

Saturday 8th June saw the celebration of the 2inspire Network 1st Anniversary party and fund-raising event take place at the Anise Bar in Liverpool Street.

2inspire Network was founded on 25th May 2012 and is a business dedicated to providing a platform of events, social media & training that empowers & inspire women particularly in business. A main objective of the business is to support women in enterprise and to assist them to enhance their socio-economic power. The company was founded as a result of the inspiration and support founder Hazel Chawapiwa received from her family & friends network, particularly during a difficult time in her life.

"Although the 2inspire Network is a new venture I wanted to mark the 1st year anniversary as I really wanted to celebrate the achievements of the organisation in such a short space of time, to acknowledge one of the inspirations behind the start up of the Network, (which is my mother whose birthday it was that week) and also to thank the women who have supported me and been a part of the 2inspire Network journey. It was not only a lovely celebration but a great chance to network and provided a fantastic platform for the performers to showcase their talents." - Hazel Chawapiwa

The event was also a fundraising event for the 2inspire Academy who are aiming to run a project in summer 2013 called "Inspire the youth" this is a project which intends to run workshops for 16-24 years olds in the following areas:

  • Enterprise skills
  • Multimedia
  • Music technology
  • CV writing/Interview skills

The 2inspire Academy was formed in March 2013 
and is a a personal development & life-skills programme for young men & women aged 16-24. The academy was set up to address negative stereotypical images of young people and present them with additional life skills and role models. The aim of the academy is to guide and support young people so that they can make informed decisions, increase their skills and achieve personal targets to become confident active citizens within their communities. A steering group was formed for the Academy which consists of 8 16-24 year olds who guide the decision making of the Academy. The steering group members assisted in the planning and execution of the event and 5 of them were in attendance at the event. The Academy ambassador Charley Jai was also present and was instrumental in sourcing some of the amazing raffle prizes which included donations from Amor Magazine, Anise Kitchen, Mr Gorgeous, Bquav Photography, Dazzling Little Delights, Smomo, Diva's Addiction, Lorna Stewart, Deja Vu radio etc

It was a fun packed event and was hosted by inspirational speaker Usha Oliver of Dare to Dream.

The event highlights were:

The inspirational talks from guest speakers: Lorna Stewart (Black 100+), Carl Thompson (Self Made Me) Margaret Aberdeen (Life after Domestic Violence).

Lorna Stewart (Black 100+)

Carl Thompson (Self Made Me)
Margaret Aberdeen (Life After Domestic violence)

Spoken word performances from Cezanne Poetess and Patricia Foster.

Cezanne Poetess

Patricia Foster

Musical entertainment from artists: Nyrai Kizzy/ Amen noire, Joshua, Jen Titi-lola Da Sweetnezz, Rebecca , Linda E and Candice Chenade.

Nyrai Kizzy/ Amen Noire

Candice Chenade

The event has now allowed the Academy to raise £464 towards their goal and was a great opportunity for the Academy message to be shared and get the support and encouragement from attendees. The Academy steering group will be holding their own fundraising event targeted at young people to help them reach their target in the summer. Please see link with information about the 2inspire Academy and possible ways you may be able to help them.

A big thank you must go out to the sponsors of the event: Dazzling Little Delights, Smomo, Organo Coffee and Smomo:


More pictures from the event can be found on following link:

Photographs taken by Brian Quavs -

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