CAMPAIGN DIARY: Donor fatigue sets in early at WWAV’s bring and buy charity bash

A strange sight met us the other week when we paid a visit to the premises of WWAV Rapp Collins.

A strange sight met us the other week when we paid a visit to the

premises of WWAV Rapp Collins.

While we’re used to being asked for donations to charity at awards

bashes, it’s the first time we’ve been asked to bring something for an

agency’s bring and buy sale.

And then there was the enviable range of classic cars on display in the

car park, giving the impression that some WWAV employees are raking in

the cash (models included a 1965 Porsche 356C, 1962 Volvo, Triumph TR4A,

Aston Martin DB4 and Kawasaki 1000).

The most entertaining spectacle of the day was the ’tug off’, the final

of a tug-of-war competition. The NSPCC charity group team, wittily

called ’Eight Charity Yankers’, had to fend off the WWAV media team.

Congratulations to the winners, the Yankers.

Then came the charity auction, in which people could bid for items such

as football or rugby tickets, the use of board directors’ cars - a

luxurious range of Mercs, Porsches and BMWs.

Although we can’t imagine it was very popular with the agency’s managing

director, Lesley Mair, the ’custard bath collection’ was a most original

scheme for humiliating your boss.

Throughout the day, collectors were trying to meet the challenge of

raising pounds 500 with the promise that Mair would sit in a bath of


The challenge was met in the end thanks to Chris Gordon, the chief

operating officer, who brought the total up to the necessary pounds 500.

We’re not ones to stir (sorry), but he obviously thought the sight of

Mair covered in the yellow stuff was worth every penny.

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