December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
TV presenter Jake Humphrey is urging people to dig deep in their pockets when Norwich’s colourful troop of apes come up for auction in the city next month.
More than 50 artistic apes decorated the city this summer for the GoGoGorillas! trail, and on October 3 53 of them will go under the hammer at the Forum. The auction – run by auctioneers TW Gaze – is raising funds for children’s charity Break, one of the main trail organisers, and the Born Free Foundation.
Mr Humphrey, Break’s patron, will host the night which also aims to celebrate the success of GoGoGorillas! and all people involved in the project.
He said: “As patron of Break, I have seen first-hand the amazing work they do with vulnerable children, young people and families, helping them to grow and move on with their lives. This is about the biggest project Break has ever undertaken and the auction is the night when all the hard work is realised. I hope people dig deep for these one-off pieces of art.”
The gorillas spent 11 weeks in Norwich, during which 200,000 trail maps were printed and more than 10,000 people follow the project on social media.
Martin Green, GoGoGorillas! project manager, said: “We’ve all enjoyed seeing them and now is the opportunity for people to get their hands on them while supporting two great causes, one local and one to protect the welfare of these beautiful creatures.”
There will be a last chance to see the gorillas at the Forum from September 29 to October 3.
There are a limited amount of tickets left for the auction. Call Jeni Matthews on 01603 670105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People can pre-bid on the gorillas, and telephone bidding will be available on the night. Visit www.gogogorillas.co.uk/auction