Ending a summer of gorilla goodness!

We’re officially in the lead up to the Go Go Gorilla auction! Taking place on Thursday the 3rd October, the sale of the gorillas will be raising money for the charity Break and the Born Free Foundation.

Auction catalogue

Auction catalogue

There have been so many Go Go Gorilla-related goings on over the latter half of the summer, that it’s been hard keeping track – especially as I left Norfolk in August to take on a six-month contract in London, working for Clipbank, Channel 4 Learning. Despite being out of town, I’ve been keeping touch with the initiative via local newspapers (online and having them sent to me). I’ve always found that our local papers in Norfolk are very supportive of charity work – which is a particular pleasure when it involves the Born Free Foundation, as I found out first hand when I volunteered with the charity in South Africa. image

I purchased some Go Go Gorilla t’shirts  made by BK Frank ahead of today’s farewell event; to show my support for the partnership charities and also an art trail that has brought so much joy and positivity across Norwich. I’m proud of my Norfolk roots, and so anything that showcases some of the best of our community spirit: I will be right behind.

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I took a trip back to Norfolk especially to see the mini gorillas (painted by local schools) when they were collected together for the last time in Castle Mall. Admittedly, I never got to complete the trail for the mini gorillas, so it was great to see them all at last!

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Today, there was also a final gathering together of all the full-size gorillas outside the Forum, Norwich (you guessed it, I took another trip home especially). Aside from the Go Go Gorillas, there were stalls selling the BK Frank t’shirts and Wild in Art miniature ornaments of three of the gorilla designs. There were was also two mayors in attendance – albeit one of them seemed very familiar from the trail…

The guest that stole the show however? Our EDP-reader voted favourite gorilla: Alan Partridge! Bearing Steve Coogan’s alter-ego’s autograph from the Anglia Square world premiere of Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

I did actually make it round to all of these guys when the trail was taking place – but it was good to see them all together, and get a sense of just how popular this event has been!

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So, I’ll see you all again for the last time at the auction this week! Looking forward to seeing how much money gets raised for Break, and of course the Born Free Foundation.

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That’s me, second from right – with my EDP/Evening Standard goodie bag!

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