Rocker in poaching fundraiser

2011-12-01 00:00

MIDLANDS rocker Jason Hartman is lending his support to a fundraising drive to help combat rhino poaching.

The singer will be performing at the Italian Club, 82 Fairway, Durban North, at 6.30 pm for 7 pm on Monday, December 5. Guests are invited to take picnic baskets and enjoy the full cash bar.

Tickets are R200, with proceeds going to the Celebrate Life 2012 — the fundraising initiative of a group of women, led by Umhlanga resident, Cherry Armstrong — who are hoping to raise R1 million for the Tusk Foundation­ by tackling the gruelling 21-kilometre Lewa Marathon in the Kenyan bush in June next year.

Armstrong, who is a nurse by profession and does palliative care for cancer patients, said they want to raise money for the Tusk Foundation because of the massive increase in rhino poaching in Africa, particularly South Africa.

“The marathon is one of the toughest in the world — you run through the bush where there are wild animals­,”Armstrong said. “And with rhinos so much in the news I thought it would be perfect to raise awareness of the issue and money for the charity.”

Among those joining her on the run is 5FM’s Leigh-Ann Mol, who reads the news on Gareth Cliff’s morning show. Others in the team include Cheryl Burger, Jannine Boyes, Catrina King and Michelle Blake from Durban and Tammy Sutherns from Johannesburg.

Asked why she had chosen Hartman to perform at the fundraiser, Armstrong said: “He is a KwaZulu-Natal boy. We followed him on Idols and he’s a conservationist. It just felt right.”

Hartman, who is promising fans a rocking show in Durban, has had a packed itinerary since winning Idols. He recently flew to Hollywood to attend the Hollywood Black Film Festival where he and Wandile Molabatsi attended the opening night of A Million­ Colours, the sequel to the film, eLollipop.

The movie is due for release in South Africa next year.

Hartman then flew to Monaco to raise funds for Conservation Guardians­, who will use the money in the war against poaching, as well as for self-sufficiency programmes, such as sustainable food growing in various regions in South Africa.

To book your seat for this fundraiser­, phone Cherry at 082 440 1730.

• If you would like to make a donation log on to www.virgin moneygiving.com This online charity fundraising website has a sponsorship form for Celebrate Life 2012. Those who make a pledge at the site are assured of the money going directly to the cause.

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