Sunday, July 15, 2007

15-Years-in-the-Toon Party

In an attempt to repeat the legendary 10-Years-in-the-Toon party held at the Cluny in October 2001, and thanks to the enthusiasm of Ross Whitelaw and Conrad Scott, the 15-(and 3/4)-Years-in-the-Toon Party came about.
With the Telegraph as a great new venue, and DJs Conrad, Rossaldo and Panther, another great night was had. Raffle prizes included a Peru strip, a Bellavista Juventud strip, an exclusive Bellavista Social Club T-Shirt, and first prize of a Newcastle United strip signed by Peru's own Nobby Solano. Plus a range of wine and bubbly, thanks to generous donations from Royal Haskoning.
From the football tournament, party ticket sales and raffle, a grand total of £1184 was raised by the Bellavista Social Club Fundraising Day 2007, which will continue to support the the young men of Bellavista Juventud FC in Iquitos, Peru.
THANKYOU once again to all those that contributed in their various ways to the day, and most of all to Ross and Conrad.

Tournament league table

Winning Team
Athletico FC (AKA Inter-Ye-Mam, returning champions from the Bellavista 5-a-side New Year 2005 tournament)
Grupo A
1st Athletico FC
2nd Allstars
3rd Magnum
4th Heaton Rifles
5th Kenny Jamestown Massacre (won the Losers Final on penalties, just missing out on the Losers Medal)
Grupo B (only a goal difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd places)
1st Honk! Honk! United (runners up in the Winners Final, taking the winners to penalties)
2nd Luck of the Irish
3rd Big as your Head Each One United
4th Dead Monkeys
5th PSV Haskoning (winners of the prestigious Losers Medal)
A big thankyou to all teams and supporters for making it a great day out, without any red cards, and for supporting the Bellavista Social Club.

Fundraising Day 2007

With the enthusiasm of Ross Whitelaw and Conrad Scott, the biggest Bellavista Social Club event so far took place on Sat 7th July 2007.

The day kicked off with a 6-a-side football tournament. A big thankyou to Benfield School College of Sporting Excellence for the donation of free use of their astroturf pitches. With the enthusiastic participation of 10 teams, we raised £200 for Bellavista Juventud FC.

Bellavista Juventud FC's El Presidente, Joe Plumb, was in the UK so was honoured to play in the tournament for the Dead Monkeys team, along with old friends from Benet Biscop Catholic High School. Co-organiser Ross was the team captain of PSV Haskoning, with colleagues from Royal Haskoning, and managed to steer his team to the nail-biting Losers Final, and finally lost to penalties to Kenny Jamestown Massacre. Joe presented Ross with the prestigious Losers Medal (yes, just the one to share with the whole team).
Other teams came from far and wide, including teams from Newcastle University and generally our mates from around Newcastle (so actually not that far or wide).

Thanks to the Diggers

Long time no blogging, but have to say a much belated THANKYOU to The Diggers, a football team of lots of our mates in Newcastle, managed by Paul Langley.

To mark 10 years of The Diggers, they held a party in September 2005 in collaboration with the Bellavista Social Club. Together with a great night of football nostalgia, boozing and dancing, £250 was raised for Bellavista Juventud.

The Peruvian team's El Presidente, Father Joe Plumb of Ashington, was in the UK and put in a guest appearance to draw the raffle and thank the party-goers for their contributions to helping the community of Bellavista Nanay.