Over 90 women attended a World Jewish Relief (WJR) fundraising lunch on Wednesday (25th April) to hear from international lawyer and TV personality Nancy Dell'Olio, who discussed her varied career and behind the scenes gossip from her recent experience as a contestant in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Held at The Haven in Totteridge, the event was organised by WJR's Gemini committee, chaired by Linda Davis, a group of dedicated female volunteers who focus on engaging the community through social fundraising events. The ladies lunch raised more than £4,000, which will support the vital work of the humanitarian aid charity with vulnerable communities across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Nancy Dell'Olio spoke to the audience about the importance of charity work. She said; “I'm so pleased that you're here - people in this country are so generous. I love to learn more about World Jewish Relief and what you're doing. I get inspired when I'm asked to participate in charity events. One thing about being Jewish and Italian is tradition and family is so important - these are our values and our family is what matters most.”
Nancy Dell'Olio went on to discuss her life in the public eye and as a Strictly Come Dancing contestant; “I discovered I like to interact with the public when I went on tours, and though performing to big theatres full of people can be intimidating, it gives you adrenaline and I love to hear the audience laugh with you…I love doing Strictly and I'm still friends with Anton. Dancing is good for you, it keeps you in shape, keeps you laughing and active without thinking about it."
Emma Segal, Head of Community Partnerships at World Jewish Relief commented; “It has been wonderful to have the support of Nancy Dell’Olio at our Gemini Lunch. The vital funds raised from our community at today's event will enable WJR to continue to aid those in desperate need.”