Poets join forces for a Christmas cause

2015-11-04 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Greater Edendale Mall marketing manager Sonya Caldecott and Nangu 'Golide Igama’ gear up for the donation drive at the mall next Saturday.

PHOTO: supplied Greater Edendale Mall marketing manager Sonya Caldecott and Nangu 'Golide Igama’ gear up for the donation drive at the mall next Saturday.

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GROWING up in an underprivileged family inspired city poet Nanguvelile “Golide Igama” Makha to start a project to help needy communities with food and clothing.

Makha, the founder of Ntokozo Community Outreach founded the Intokozo­ Show in June where poets and artists host free shows for communities with the aim of asking for food donations and clothing for the less fortunate.

As an early Christmas present, Makha and city artists will next Saturday officially launch a partnership with the Greater Edendale Mall on a mission to assist six needy families from four wards in the Greater Edendale. “Growing up in an impoverished family where we were assisted by neighbours, I always dreamt of helping the less fortunate with the little that I have, so I started this project. As poets and artists we heal to people through our voices.

“While we are healing people through the spoken word, we also call upon businesses and community members to be part of our shows by donating food and old clothes. Our government cannot provide resources for everyone and we need to work together to curb poverty.

“We are approaching Christmas and some families will not have food and clothes. We are calling on people to support us with whatever they have.”

Makha said with the help of ward councillors, they have identified needy families from KwaPata, Dambuza, Ashdown and Esigodini. As part of the fund-raising initiatives they have arranged shows for 14 November in KwaDambuza, 21 November in KwaPata, 28 November in Ashdown and 5 December in Esigodini.

The shows are sponsored by Norman Driving School and Dr Nish Govender. Marketing manager at the Greater Edendale Mall Sonya Caldecott said: “We have partnered with the project for their educational performance, however, we have taken it further and involved our community with the coming season of giving.

“We encourage local families, friends and businesses to donate unwanted clothing or new clothing, shoes and extra food at our designated baskets that have been placed at our entrances until 4 December

“Clothing and extra food donated by the public will be handed to the Department of Social Development for further disadvantaged families.”

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