Radio celebs to aid depressed teens

2009-06-24 00:00

THEY are the voices you listen to in the car, at home and at work. They are the people who play your favourite songs and who update you on the latest celebrity gossip. Now you have a chance to meet them over lunch — and help save the life of a South African teen.

DJ Fresh (5FM), Nigel Pierce (Good Hope FM), Elana Afrika (5FM), and Lupi Ngcayisa (Metro FM) are just a few of the celebrities who are giving their time to raise awareness and funds for teen suicide prevention in South Africa by auctioning themselves for a chat with you over lunch.

Some 9,5% of all teen deaths in South Africa are due to suicide. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) has been fighting to save lives for 15 years and has the only school-based teen suicide prevention programme in South Africa. Sadag also runs the only toll-free suicide crisis (0800 567 567) and SMS (31393) line in the country. Yet as an NGO with no government funding, many teens are not being reached.

Pierce, like many of our celebrities, feels that it is important to give teens the support they need. “Teens are often faced with sometimes unnecessary pressures placed on them by society,” says Pierce.

Educating teens and teachers about the warning signs of depression and suicide, and giving them the tools so they can intervene when a teen is in crisis, is crucial to curbing teen suicide.

For more information on the auction or to find out more about Sadag and its school, community, and corporate projects, please contact Cassey or Chevonne at 011 262 6396 or visit www.sadag.co.za Every rand donated means another child can be reached.

Celebrities are taking time out for lunch in support of this Sadag bid-or-buy initiative. Sometime between July 1 and December 30, the above-mentioned radio personalities will entertain you for two hours — if your bid is high enough of course. Bidding opened yesterday and will run for one week.

Go to www.bidorbuy.co.za and make your bid to get the opportunity to meet and eat with your favourite celebrity.

The winner gets to take four friends along.

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