CEDIA Awards 2015 raises biggest charity amount to date for Wateraid

CEDIA (the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) has revealed its 2015 Awards has successfully raised £4,435 – its largest amount raised by the event to date – for its nominated charity, WaterAid.

More than 400 industry professionals joined CEDIA to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its annual Awards on Friday, 3rd July at a glamorous black-tie dinner held in the Hintze Hall of the Natural History Museum, London. As part of the evening, CEDIA invited guests to support a raffle with all prizes donated by CEDIA member companies. In addition, CEDIA donated £5 from the sale of every ticket to WaterAid, totalling over £2,000.

Wendy Griffiths, Executive Director of CEDIA EMEA, commented:

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our industry that resulted in raising the biggest amount ever for our chosen charity to date. We thank everyone who donated prizes, bought tickets and helped raise this substantial sum of money for WaterAid. The lack of safe water and sanitation across the world continues to cause mass suffering and we are proud that our donations from the CEDIA Awards will contribute to fighting this global crisis.”

CEDIA would like to thank the following companies for donating prizes to the raffle:

  • Aldous Systems (Europe) Ltd
  • AWE
  • B&W Group
  • Habitech Ltd
  • Invision UK
  • Ivory Egg
  • Pulse Cinemas
  • Rako Controls
  • Sonos UK
  • WyreStorm Technologies

Barbara Frost, CE at WaterAid, said:

“On behalf of everyone here at WaterAid, I’d like to thank CEDIA for choosing to support our life-saving work for its tenth industry Awards Dinner.

“It is a wonderful achievement to have raised £4,500 in support of WaterAid’s work. It can cost just £15 to get clean water to one person, so the money raised really will help transform lives in some of the world’s poorest communities. We are very lucky that our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe, clean water and improved sanitation is supported by so many across the world.”

This year’s CEDIA Awards attracted over 120 impressive entries from 17 different countries, all competing for the best media room, home cinema, integrated home, super yacht and other category prizes. The successful winners and highly commended projects have been captured in the CEDIA Awards 2015 yearbook.

AMX, ELAN, Indigo Distribution, Kaleidescape, LILIN, Origin Acoustics, Pulse Cinemas and Rako all supported this year’s event as sponsors. After the ceremony, attendees were invited to continue celebrating the night’s events at the lively after party, hosted by Artcoustic, at the Natural History Museum.

WaterAid is an international charity dedicated to transforming lives by improving access to safe water, improved hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. With a progressive and sustainable ethos, WaterAid works with local partners to help invest in the future of local communities to ensure the good work continues.