were delighted to facilitate this special event hosted by His Excellency Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer and Lady Lorimer.

The Isle of Man has a long history of philanthropy. A good example is the activities of Sir William Hillary, who, as an Isle of Man resident founded the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1824. As part of this venture, he appealed to other philanthropists to join him. At the age of 60, in 1830 Sir William Hillary took part in the rescue of the crew of the packet St George, which had foundered on the rocks at the entrance to Douglas harbour. This prompted Sir William to set up a scheme to build the Tower of Refuge, which we still see standing today.

This noble philanthropic activity saved lives and created a legacy for generations to come. This example of what good can be done when we commit ourselves to have a positive impact on the world around us is inspirational, if not slightly overwhelming!

It is in the spirit of facilitating learning, education, discussion and debate that we were pleased to support this event, with our partners at Philanthropy Impact.

Our panel discussed issues surrounding philanthropy, impact investing and how the Isle of Man, though small, is positioned to impact the world way beyond its borders.