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10 May Charity Gala Evening for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Royal Savoy

Lausanne / 19:00

Dear Insead Alumni,
Would you like to help fund new projects to battle AIDS/HIV around the world? The Rotary Club of Lausanne is inviting INSEAD alumni to a very special gala dinner on 10 May 2019, to benefit the Mercury Phoenix Trust , which carries out over 1000 projects in 56 countries to combat AIDS/HIV. INSEAD Event Coordinator Andrew Hunziker, is organizing a table for alumni and partners. Please contact him directly for more details.




Charity Gala Evening for the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Royal Savoy, Lausanne
May 10, 2019
Join us for an evening of unparalleled fine dining and entertainment (see details in the flyer pdf ) that offers a unique opportunity to contribute to an urgent cause. It is sometimes perceived that HIV / AIDS is no longer a major issue and some people tend to believe that it is now “curable” or that it “doesn’t really kill anyone” any more and only affects some minorities. But the facts (see below) tell a different story. There is still a lot of work to be done and The Mercury Phoenix Trust is on the vanguard. The trust is a UK registered charity created in 1992 by friends of Freddie Mercury, the legendary lead singer of Queen, who died in 1991 from AIDS. Its bold aim is to use Freddie’s memory, his  charisma and drive to eradicate AIDS.

  • Approximately 36.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS in 2017.
  • Of these, 1.8 million were children under 15 years
  • 1.8 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2017, with around 7’000 young women aged 15–24 years becoming infected with HIV every week.
  • 15 million people had no access to antiretroviral therapy in 2017.
  • 940’000 people (more than 2’500 a day) died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2017, bringing the total number of people who have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic to 35.4 million. (Source: UNAIDS, Global HIV & AIDS statistics – 2018 fact sheet) 

“A Night At The Royal Savoy” is a charity gala event open to a limited number of guests who will experience an evening of fine dining and fine wines, in the beautiful setting of the five-star Royal Savoy Hotel & Spa, Lausanne, topped off by a private live performance by one of the most renowned performers of Queen music, with surprise Swiss and international VIP guests, including Jim “Miami” Beach, the long-time manager of Queen and producer of the BAFTA, Golden Globe and multiple academy Award-winning movie “Bohemian Rhapsody”, and many other surprises throughout the evening!

19:00 Champagne Reception
20:30 Gourmet Gala Dinner
22:30 Concert of Live Queen Music by Bulsara and his Queenies (to be filmed and live streamed on Queen’s official website and other social media)

Key Facts

When: Friday, 10 May 2019  19:00
Dress code: Black Tie / Tenue de soirée (or… rock ‘n’ roll)  With a prize for the best dressed couple !
Tickets: An all-inclusive ticket is priced at CHF 480 per person. A table of eight seats may be purchased for the special price of CHF 3,500 (ask Andrew Hunziker about the INSEAD alumni table).

Registration: Complete the Googledocs form on https://goo.gl/forms/UDYc16T4y5iWTK173  and then make your donation by electronic funds transfer.
Payment: After registering, make payment/donation by electronic funds transfer into the following PostFinance account:
Beneficiary: Rotary Club Lausanne International, Avenue d’Ouchy 14, CH-1006 Lausanne
IBAN: CH93 0900 0000 1523 0777 5 / BIC/Swift: POFICHBEXXX

Please note that seats are limited and allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, subject always to payment. There will be no exchanges or refunds. The Rotary Club Lausanne International is a nonprofit association incorporated under Swiss law and has its seat in Lausanne.

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, President Geneva Chapter
Andrew Hunziker, MBA’93D, Event organizer


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