PGLThe Literacy Drive Charity Ball – a philanthropic and glamorous black-tie event, is scheduled to take place on Saturday the 6th of February 2015, at the luxurious Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London, SW1X 9PY, from 6:30pm to 1am.

The Charity ball will boast two of the finest anchors as its hosts; Sky News Correspondent Afua Hirsch and Sports and Features Editor of the Voice Newspaper –  Rodney Hinds

Afua Hirsch is the Social Affairs Editor and presenter at international broadcaster Sky News. She worked with the Guardian newspaper in 2008 and was appointed as the paper’s first West Africa Correspondent in 2014.  Afua has been at the forefront of ground breaking news ranging from illegal Chinese gold mining in Ghana, to human rights acts and trials of terrorist suspects. Afua has an extensive career background including her work as a barrister, in criminal defence, public and international law.

Afua Hirsch
                           Afua Hirsch


She is also a seasoned host, co-hosting events such as: the prestigious GUBA 2015 Awards ceremony, a mayoral debate for the coming London Mayor Election, and events for the charities she supports, including the Essien Foundation and Africans Unite Against Child Abuse. She will add sophistication and professionalism alongside her co-host on the night.

Rodney Hinds is the Sports and Features Editor of the UK’s biggest selling black Newspaper- The Voice. Rodney began his writing career in 1999 as the co-author of ‘Black Pearls – an A-Z of Black Footballers in the English Game’. In recent times Rodney has penned his second book ‘Black Lions – The Story of Black Footballers in England.’ His contribution to sports journalism was recognised when he won the Black Plus+ ‘Best Print Journalist’ and Victoria Mutual ‘Services to Cricket’ awards.

Having launched his television career on BBC Breakfast Time, Rodney has also contributed and appeared on various sporting documentaries on BBC3, BBC2, Sky News and many more. Among his big name interviews are Viv Richards, Lennox Lewis, Kobe Bryant, Thierry Henry and Jessica Ennis to name a few.

Rodney HindsAs well as writing, Hinds is also a motivational and passionate public speaker. Hinds was the first role model for the East Enders Academy, an organisation which takes inspirational men in to schools in order to boost the aspiration of young people.

Organised by Promoting Global Learning (PGL), Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) and The Voice Newspaper, the Literacy Drive Charity Ball is being held to raise funds to establish a Centre of Excellence in Ghana and to fund Mobile Library Vans, Training and Conference facilities.

Tickets cost £100 and include a three course dinner, cultural performances, live music, raffle draws, auction and a DJ. Tickets are available at

The pair will take this action packed event to the next level as this charitable event seeks to uphold the value and priority of education in Africa and the Caribbean, and your support will go a long way in achieving that.

The Literacy Drive Charity Ball is under the patronage of the Ghana High Commission to the UK and Northern Ireland, His Excellency Mr Victor Smith.

Alternatively you may contact Shibani Rao on 07401893100 or email

For more information about Promoting Global Learning (PGL), please visit


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