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Please help us raise funds for children in danger...

... they need your help so badly and UNICEF are doing all they can but need everyone's support! There is so much happening across the world where children are in danger and suffering and if we can help in some way by raising funds, that would be great.

Dates for the event

The next event will be run over five days starting on Monday 22 January 2024. So events will be played on Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Wednesday 24, then the Thursday 25 and Friday 26 will be combined. Once again we have commentaries for each day to add to the enjoyment and these will be posted on the site when the frequencies go live.

As we generally do now, we are runing this it as a "hybrid" Sims, so you can play face-to-face or online using BBO, RealBridge, Bridge Club Live or StepBridge.

It's really not hard -

Just read through these instructions and once you have got your head around it - well, we think your players would really enjoy it. Something fun to do on the long winter events and helping to raise funds for UNICEF to raise funds for Children in danger. And anyway, you can always email Anna if you need help !!

This is strictly a "fun" event

there are no prizes, no master points, no printed booklets. There is no specific entry fee either we simply ask players to give what they can. So it is just a chance to play a set of hands and see how you did across the field, and hopefully to have an enjoyable evening while raising money for Charity. Of course clubs may award their normal master points for their heat.

We don't mind what time of day (or night!) you play - the hands are different, so all we ask is that you observe reasonable security and please don't publish the hands on your own website until the frequencies have gone "live" on the ECatsBridge site.

Please join us if you can - just email us .. we need your name, the name of the club and the country, which day you want to play and the email address to send the hands to. Please please join us if you can!

How to send in your donation after the event

Click here to find out how to pay in your entry fee and donation after the event (please do so as quickly as you can)

A bit of history !

This event was started in 2001, following the Tsunami in Asia, and has raised a great deal of money, for that, for the Pakistan Earthquake, where the money raised was used to build a new school, and more recently for UNICEF. In 2010 we directed the funds to the Haiti Earthquake appeal and the 2014 Appeal was for the Philippines disaster and the 2015 raised money for those affected by the Nepal Earthquake. 2016 also raised funds for Syrian refugee children.

Click here to find out how it all works

Funds raised to date from this event

January Charity event  Amount Raised  Year
DEC Tsunami appeal  £  48,552.00 2005
Citizens Foundation Earthquake appeal  £  3,300.00 2006
Pakistan School Foundation  £  8,622.07 2007
UNICEF  £  4,216.00 2008
UNICEF  £   4,612.88 2009
UNICEF for Haiti Fund  £  22,180.00 2010
UNICEF  £   4,967.55 2011
UNICEF  £   4,500.00 2013
DEC for Philippine Disaster   £   11,335.13 2014
DEC for Ebola Crisis  £  6,490.00 2015
UNICEF & Save the Childen for Syria  £  9,366.00 2017
UNICEF  £  4,069.66 2018
UNICEF for Children of Yemen  £ 7,716.51 2019
UNICEF £ 4,125.00
UNICEF £5,514.25
UNICEF £ 4,683.42
Total raised to date  £ 26, 452.83