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What a generous bunch you are! Over £7,000 raised at the Frontiers Foundation charity auction

October 15, 2012Article by Ray Withers

As they say, charity begins at home and members of the overseas property industry did not disappoint with a staggering £7,750 raised for the Frontiers Foundation at a charity auction held at the OPP Gala Dinner earlier this week.

Hosted by guest auctioneer for the evening, Paul Owen, former Chief Executive of the AIPP and now Owner of sales training company, The Clear Path Company, the charity auction was a welcome addition to the prestigious OPP Awards of Excellence presentation ceremony.

Organised by the Frontiers Foundation, the charitable organisation founded by Ray Withers, Chief Executive of property investment agency Property Frontiers and Charlotte Ashton, MD of property PR agency, AB Property Marketing, the auction successfully raised the funds required to transform the Ket Wangi orphanage in Kenya, building 3 new classrooms and a toilet block.

Trustees of the Frontiers Foundations was overwhelmed with the generosity of the lots donated which included dinner in a top London restaurant, tickets to the Cartier polo, a professional photo shoot, signed novels, a weekend break in Cornwall, supercar track day and luxury holidays in Turkey / Florida and a French chateau! Sincere thanks go to Fish Market New Street, Barton Wyatt, Peter Ross, Transworld Publishers, Property Frontiers, Club La Costa and Barrasford & Bird for their generosity.

With spirits high and the wine flowing, bidding was prolific and at some points competitive but with each lot vastly exceeding its reserve, the target of £7,000 was smashed by the end of the evening.

Commenting on the success of the auction, Frontiers Foundation Trustee, Charlotte Ashton said,

“Tonight’s charity auction showed the very best side of the overseas property industry. Thanks go to Xavier Wiggins and the OPP team for allowing us to hold the auction, to all those fabulously generous companies who donated the lots and to all those who bidded, every penny raised will go directly to bettering the lives of the children of the Ket Wangi orphanage.”

Now that the required funds have been raised, the process of building the new classrooms and toilet block can begin and the Frontiers Foundation is already in contact with Emily Odera, Mother of the Ket Wangi orphanage regards the logistics and timings. Ray and Charlotte along with fellow Trustees are hoping to once again get their hands dirty by going out to Kenya and assisting with the construction work.

Updates, pictures and progress reports can be found on the Frontiers Foundation Facebook page.
For more information about the Frontiers Foundation, the Ket Wangi orphanage or to find out how you can support the project please call +44 1865 202 700 or visit


Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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