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.