Former Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Sir Bernard Zissman, is set to challenge all comers to a record breaking debatathon on April 17th 2013; all in aid of Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands and The Andrew Cohen Care Home.
The non-stop debate, planned to run over a record breaking 12 hours, will be held at the city’s Millennium Point lecture theatre and Sir Bernard invites the general public to attend at various points throughout the day as audience members, voting ‘for’ or ‘against’ at the end of each session and even participating in the debates.
Debating 12 subjects including the election of Police Commissioners, the legalisation of marijuana, HS2 proposal, the amalgamation of West Midlands Councils under a single banner and the continued retention of the Monarchy plus some surprise topical subjects.
Sir Bernard will propose each topic and will be joined by a host of high profile speakers including Sir Adrian Cadbury, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr John Lines, Sir Michael Lyons, Marc Reeves, Sir Albert Bore, Suzanne Virdee, Adrian Goldberg and Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham.
Sir Bernard said: “I’m always passionate about raising money for these charities and thought that the dEbatathon would be a great way of doing so as well as being entertaining. I’m not too good at climbing mountains or running marathons and speaking or arguing with people is something I’m very comfortable with, so why not put that to a good cause.
“I chose to put the proceeds of this event to these particular charities because both Marie Curie and the Andrew Cohen Care Home provide dedicated care for those suffering from cancer and serious illnesses or in need of residential care”
The event aims to raise as much money as possible for the two charities and donations are welcome on the day, as well as prior to the event via Virgin Giving.
Noel Cramer, Capital Appeals Director at Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Sir Bernard for thinking of us. The new Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands in Solihull will act as a hub for care for those with serious illness for the region and the money raised will help us finish our appeal for new facilities for local people.”
Irving Myers, Director at The Andrew Cohen Home, added: “Sir Bernard has always been a great supporter of Birmingham Jewish Community Care, and the Andrew Cohen Home in particular. We are thrilled to be able to reap the benefits of his continuing kindness.”