Bonhams Chair Auction For CHIVA Africa Aids Charity

Bonhams Chair Auction For CHIVA Africa Aids Charity

Stunning hand-painted and upholstered one-off chairs by 30 stars, designers, artists and celebrities will be auctioned at Bonhams in London on March 15th to fund the work of CHIVA Africa, a leading AIDS charity focused on improving the lives of children and teenagers living with HIV in South Africa. The auction will begin online from 26th February at www.chiva-africa.org/sittingpretty and conclude at Bonham’s on 15th March. Absentee and remote bidding will be available throughout the live auction on 15th March. Guests bidding at the auction will include an A-List of 350 high net worth individuals from the UK and South Africa.

Chiva Chair Auction - Bonhams - Deborah AzzopardiBritish Artists/designers supporting this initiative are:

  • Emma Vicountess Weymouth: of Longleat
  • Victoria Baker Harber and Mark Francis of Made in Chelsea fame
  • Sorapol and Daniel Lismore:  designer team extraordinaire
  • Nicky Clarke and Kelly Simpkin
  • Maureen Lipman
  • Aston Martin
  • Arsenal Football Club
  • Dr. Ranj Singh: NHS doctor, specialising in the care of children and young people, and also an exciting new TV talent.
  • Sinitta: Television Personality and Singer
  • Tricia Guild: founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild
  • Deborah Azzopardi: Contemporary British artist
  • David Bent: Official painter of the Red Arrows
  • Silia Tung
  • Rozanne Bell
  • Samson Soboye
  • Kimberley Gundle
  • Simone Krok
  • Sam Edkins
  • Giovanni Bedin

South African Artists/designers in support are:

  • Norman Catherine
  • Sam Nhlengethwa
  • Beezy Bailey / Jessica Dorrington Collaboration
  • Vanashree Singh
  • Porcupine Rocks

One of the artists, Emma, Vicountess Weymouth, comments: “I am delighted to lend my support and design skills to this amazing charity which does such worthwhile work among children and young people in Africa who are given a fighting chance of a good life thanks to them. I do hope you will join in bidding for these delightful chairs to enable a generation living with HIV to fulfil their potential.”

About CHIVA Africa: In South Africa, hundreds of thousands of children die from AIDS every year. Not because the medication they need is not available, but because doctors and nurses at hospitals and clinics around the country lack the skills they need to adequately prescribe lifesaving drugs and manage their long-term application. Many Children and adolescents living with HIV in South Africa are not receiving the healthcare they deserve.

Chiva Chair Auction - Bonhams - Maureen LipmanStephen Harvey, CHIVA Africa’s CEO says: “We work with South African healthcare professionals, providing on-site mentoring and teaching to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to provide high quality, long term care for children and adolescents living with HIV. ” HIV in South Africa has become a youth epidemic. Better access to antiretroviral therapy means that more children now survive into adolescence. CHIVA AFRICA believes that once a life has been saved, the charity has a responsibility to make it one worth living. As well as working with teenagers, the charity is dedicated to improving healthcare for children living with HIV. The core paediatric programme, ‘New Chance for Life’ works closely with individual healthcare clinics to identify the specific challenges they face and help staff improve patient care.

CHIVA Africa sends teams of highly skilled volunteer doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and dietitians from South Africa and the UK to provide targeted, on-site mentoring, teaching, assessment and quality improvement support to health facilities across South Africa. By sharing their knowledge and experience they greatly increase the impact of local frontline staff help them to achieve their ultimate goal – a long and healthy life for all children and adolescents.

For more information, please contact: Heidi Nathan: heidi.nathan@chiva-africa.org Tel: +44 (0) 208 2099100 or +44 (0) 7957 873301