Project Action board members, from left, Patrice Horner, Cindy Swan, Governor Sir Richard Gozney and Roxanne Christopher. *Photo by Ed Silva
Project Action board members, from left, Patrice Horner, Cindy Swan, Governor Sir Richard Gozney and Roxanne Christopher. *Photo by Ed Silva
WEDNESDAY, APR. 20: A seniors’ transport charity is to host a high tea in celebration of the royal wedding.

The Bermuda Reception High Tea, in honour of the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, is a fundraiser for Project Action and will include a silent auction.

The charity provides transportation for seniors who are unable to transport themselves or get to a bus.

Director Cindy Swan said in addition to the tea, patrons would be watching the royal wedding on projector screens.

The silent auction will include a cedar whale carved by former Premier Dr. David Saul.

Mrs Swan said: “In the times that we are facing, we realized that our budget is short of about 45 per cent so we needed to  do something in the community.

 “Our mandate is to provide free transportation. We had to think outside the box.”

Mrs Swan said the idea for the high tea came from an event she attended in Washington, D.C. when President Obama was inaugurated.

The event was at the Mandarin Oriental and was hosted by the alumni of Harvard Business School. Guests were able to watch the inauguration on projector screens and mingle with other guests.

Speaking about next week’s event, Mrs Swan said: “A lot of people don’t know want makes a high tea, a high tea.

“A high tea is where sweet and savoury are served together and petit fours, cookies along with sandwiches.”

Priority

The Governor Sir Richard Gozney, the distinguished patron of the event, said: “My wife and I applaud Project Action’s effort to increase mobility for seniors.

“This is a priority the world over.

“We have just been on holiday in our village in Norfolk, England, where our 87-year-old neighbour relies on the local equivalent of Project Action to get out of her house for a seniors’ lunch each week.

“So I support this fund raising on a rather special day, for celebration by seniors, juniors and we middle aged alike.”

In addition to viewing the wedding, patrons will also appear in a video which will be sent to the royal couple as a gift from Bermuda.

The event will take place from 3pm to 5pm.

Tickets range from $50 to $500 and will be on sale in the Washington Mall next Thursday and Saturday.

They are also available through www.bdatix.bm.

All proceeds will go to Project Action. The event will take place in the Harbour Room at the Hamilton Princess.

Dress code is high tea attire if so desired — women in hats and gloves, men in morning suits and top hats.