Your chance to have lunch with the Financial Times

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seasonal greeting. The Financial Times is organizing an eclectic charity lunch with Editor Rola Khalaf and eight other leading Financial Times journalists.

The auction aims to raise money for the Financial Times’ Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign (FLIC) charity and its fight against financial illiteracy.

With 94 per cent of Britons saying they remember learning little or nothing about money at school, the Financial Times set up the charity last year to make financial education available to those who need it most in the UK and abroad.

So place your bid by 8pm on January 29th. Better yet, as some bidders have now done, you can secure the leftover lunch of your choice by donating £10,000 to FT FLIC (£15,000 for lunch with the editor). For a buy it now option, email neal.fuller@ftflic.com).

All proceeds will go directly to the charity because participating fine restaurants (all in London, plus one in New York) donate meals for two. Check out the auction website or click below for details on dining venues and companions. The lunches will be held at a mutually convenient time for the winning bidder and the FT journalist.

Try for lunch with:

  • FT Editor Rola Khalaf, On Alain Ducasse, The Dorchester (dinner, not lunch in this case) is sold out

  • Joe Ellison, HTSI editor, at Quo Vadis SOLD

  • Dan McCram, investigative reporter, at The Colony Grill, The Beaumont

  • Gillian Tate, Columnist, American Editorial Board and Editor in Chief, at Hélène Darroze at The Connaught (London) or Zaytinya at The Ritz-Carlton, New York SOLD

  • Stephen Bush, associate editor and columnist, at Turnips

  • Katie Martin, Markets Editor, Il Pampero

  • Gideon Rachman, Senior Foreign Affairs Commentator, The Dining Room, The Goring

  • Chris Giles, Economics Editor, Hawksmoor (any one of eight restaurants in London)

  • Robin Wigglesworth, Editor of FT Alphaville, at St Pancras by Searcy’s Brasserie

FT employees from across the company volunteer thousands of hours of their time to support FT FLIC, increase its firepower and contain overhead.

A recent FT Live event on FLIC for FLIC – helping young people navigate the cost of living crisis – was boosted to 67 percent from the 9 percent of attendees knowing how to improve their confidence in managing money.

In addition to writing stories about financial literacy, Financial Times journalists have helped the FLIC team produce sparkling educational resources for schools on topics ranging from crypto to budgeting. This includes helping teachers bring up a topic that many lack the confidence to deal with. The charity is also preparing to push for changes in government policy to help achieve a mission common to the many charities with which FLIC collaborates.

Leila Bolton is Senior Editor and FT Communications Coordinator at FT FLIC. Alan Smith is Head of Visual and Data Journalism.

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