It feels strange to write about anything other than Hurricane Irma and the recovery efforts in the British Virgin Islands. Trying to mobilise aid support and distribute aid has been taking up our every waking second.
I am in New York, where I attended the Climate Week Opening Ceremony and am busy discussing efforts to support the BVI communities and tackle climate change more broadly with officials, business leaders, The B Team, Virgin Unite and Rocky Mountain Institute/Carbon War Room.
When I arrived here, I received the first copy of my new autobiography, Finding My Virginity. Which reminded me, the book is coming out in a few weeks’ time! With everything going on, I hadn’t yet announced our global launch event at The Troxy London on October 12. Tickets for the event are on sale now, including a copy of Finding My Virginity. I’d love you to join us.
Penguin Random House, our publisher, is kindly donating £5 from every ticket to Virgin Unite’s BVI Community Support Appeal to help support local BVI communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We’re working together with local organisations to identify the ongoing needs of affected individuals, families and communities impacted by this disaster. I cover Virgin Unite’s overheads, meaning that 100 per cent of all donations received will go directly to helping support local BVI communities.
On October 12th, 50 years after starting my very first business and two decades since writing Losing My Virginity, I’d love you to join me, host Lauren Laverne and some colleagues and friends as I share insights, and tales from the book and my life. We’ll also have music performances curated by Sofar Sounds and a snacks market provided by Virgin StartUp entrepreneurs; showcasing some of the young businesses we support.
Head over to The Troxy website to buy tickets and find out more information. If you can’t make it in person, mark 8pm GMT in your diary to join us for a livestream of the Finding My Virginity global launch event.