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We are grateful to the following for sponsorship of the 2012 Event.

Manchester Cathedral The life of Manchester Cathedral has many facets and one of these is to celebrate our diversity as a City and Diocese and to engage prophetically for justice , peace and reconciliation in God's world. The Chapter of the Cathedral is delighted then to support CARISMA in its 10th year, doing so by sponsoring the celebrations for those who have worked for and supported the charity over the years during the OSBA Dinner. This support puts a seal on the financial support of CARISMA by the Diocese of Manchester and the Church Urban Fund. You may find out more on

Opal Foundation

The Opal Foundation exists to improve the life chances of children born into challenging circumstances. The Foundation aims to channel the energies of Opal Staff, Partners and Customers into supporting charities which directly benefit children around the world.  The current project is to  help improve living conditions in the Kechene slum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Opal staff and partners have an array of exciting fundraising activities taking place, including the London to Paris Bike Ride and the 3 Peaks Challenge.   Opal Property Group is headquartered in Manchester and owns 20,000 student bedrooms in 16 UK cities, professional residential properties, The Place Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre & Hotel.