Gala dinner to launch new partnership between Eden Project and Emmaus Cornwall
Four top speakers have been lined up for a gala dinner at the Eden Project on April 11 in aid of homeless people in Cornwall.
The event marks the launch of a ground-breaking collaboration between Eden and Emmaus Cornwall.
Best-selling author of The Salt Path, Raynor Winn, is the latest confirmed speaker.
She joins Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of Eden, Terry Waite CBE, the President of Emmaus UK and Steve Ellis, Chief Executive of St Petrocs, to talk about the devastating impact of homelessness on the individual, and the extent of the problem in Cornwall.
The audience will hear about plans to create work and accommodation on Eden land for homeless people in Cornwall, as part of the first Emmaus community in the county. Also, the inspiring prospect of the Emmaus concept and the Eden principles coming together to help address this complex issue in a sustainable way.
Emmaus is a global charity with 29 communities in the UK. It seeks to provide a home, work and training for homeless people, known as companions, for as long as they need, as they develop the skills and confidence to rebuild their lives.
Speaking ahead of the event, Terry Waite said, “I have been a strong advocate of Emmaus for 25 years. It is a special organisation because it transforms people’s lives.
“I also have a strong affinity with Cornwall and understand the problems of homelessness in the county. The prospect of having an Emmaus community at the Eden site is extremely exciting.”
Sir Tim Smit added, “Having an Emmaus community within Eden aligns perfectly with our principles of social responsibility.
“It is a joint venture which helps to meet a critical need in Cornwall. Both Eden and Emmaus nationally will learn new approaches which can be of benefit elsewhere. I am delighted to support it.”
Tickets for the Gala Dinner are still available from stpetrocs.org.uk at £50. All profits will go directly to helping the homeless in Cornwall.