Zulu man’ brings pounds home

2007-12-20 00:00

A local “Zulu man” has touched the hearts of British high school pupils during a fundraising campaign visit to England recently, during which pupils at two public schools there pledged donations for South African needy children and families.

Clad in Zulu attire, Embo community leader Robert Zuma’s Zulu dance dug a well of hope for his impoverished community.

Representing Amathuba, a community upliftment project based in Embo near Hillcrest, Zuma and Amathuba CEO Suzy Lyle went on a fundraising campaign for the organisation in the UK and returned with English pounds and continued support for the Embo community.

“The Ampleforth’s Face community service action group pledged to educate and take a personal interest in 20 of the children. Ampleforth College pupil, Abby Webb, adopted one Aids orphan, and another school made a commitment to host a fundraiser for Amathuba next year [2008],” said Lyle. A donation of £240 was also made to Amathuba from a church in Battersea.

Zuma said the reception was amazing. He said his traditional attire was the main drawcard and the pupils responded well to his Zulu dance.

“As Christmas approaches, we are also appealing to everyone for old toys for the children of Embo. The children in the project don’t have toys so your old toys will make a real difference!” If you want to make a difference, call Lyle on 031 765 7478 or 072 26 0500.

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