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Hedge Fund Charity Auction: 2010 World Cup Match Ball and “soil” from the home of Nelson Mandela

On behalf of South African Arts International, Ltd. (SAAI), Victor Mooney hand delivered an official 2010 World Cup Match Ball and the soil from the home of Nelson Mandela to SkyBridge Capital’s corporate headquarters in midtown Manhattan last week. The gift was designated for their Aspire Giving Foundation charity auction.

In a note to Mr. Ray Nolte and Mr. Anthony Scaramucci, hedge fund giant SkyBridge Capital managing partners, Mr. Mooney said, “We are on the crisp of a project that is percolating again with some of the most impoverished and neglected children in New York City. This project embeds the basic principle of never giving up and I’m committed to seeing it completed. Our mission is aligned with the vision of Aspire Giving Foundation”

Afterwards, Ms. Amanda J. Ober, Vice President – Global Development & External Affairs for SkyBridge Capital said, “Many thanks for your lovely note, generous gift and for all you are doing to help children in need in NYC! We sincerely appreciate you reaching out”.

With a short boost of support, Mooney’s twenty-four foot custom made rowboat will be shipped from Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 12 to New York City.

On World AIDS Day, December 1, Mr. Mooney will embark on a fourth bid to row across the Atlantic Ocean. Starting from the Canary Islands, he plans to row 5,000 miles to New York City, with his first port of call being the British Virgin Islands (BVI). The children will be able to communicate with him in real-time and the teachers will include this into their respective lesson plans. Sponsors will be invited for a private reception hosted by His Excellency, William Boyd McCleary, Governor of the British Virgin Islands in Tortola.

The BVI has created a robust regulatory system in addition to a mixture of innovative legislation. The Securities and Investment Business Act (SIBA) responds to the requirements of IOSCO and enhances the BVI’s attractiveness by establishing the right legal and regulatory framework for institutions, managers and investors. The new Insurance Act ensures full compliance with the International Association of Insurance Supervisors’ core principles; it simplifies the BVI’s insurance regime and increases transparent. Both laws are aimed at strengthening the regulatory regime. The BVI is also committed to the OECD’s principles for effective exchange of information and transparency, having already signed 17 Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) with countries such as the UK, Australia, China, France and the US.

In partnership with the XIX International AIDS Conference 2012 in Washington, D.C., Mr. Mooney will do a six-hundred mile coastal row from New York City to the nation’s capital in July. Mr. Mooney’s port of call stops will include Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Delaware, Annapolis and Baltimore. Former U.S. President, George W. Bush will be honored for the creation of U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which saw his groundbreaking bi-partisan legislation bring anti-retroviral medicine to regions most affected by the epidemic.

South African Arts International (SAAI) mission is to inspire and train at-risk children all over the world; increase computer literacy levels; introduce principles of global business; facilitate worldwide cultural understanding; to provide scholarships, sponsor cultural events, artistic and educational seminars. The Goree Challenge IV Project has received over 75 corporate sponsors and numerous endorsements from international, national and local health governing bodies. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available, please email goreechallenge (at) gmail (dot) com or visit www.goreechallenge.com.

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