Local youth to host musical showcase for Ithemba Lam

2017-06-21 06:03
Children will be hosting the Musicfest@Tramways fundraiser in aid of Ithemba Lam Baby Home on Sunday.                       Photo:SUPPLIED

Children will be hosting the Musicfest@Tramways fundraiser in aid of Ithemba Lam Baby Home on Sunday. Photo:SUPPLIED

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THIS Youth Month the Musicfest@Tramways will be held in aid of Ithemba Lam Baby Home, where children will be raising funds for other children.

Ithemba Lam is a temporary safe haven for abandoned, abused, orphaned or neglected babies, located in Forest Hill.

“We work with social workers and the Children’s Court, who place babies in our care for temporary safe care while they investigate the specific case of abuse,” said Kim Fankhauser, house mother at Ithemba Lam.

“Although the government makes funds available for places like us, we cannot claim it ourselves. It’s up to the specific case worker to do so and very often we do not receive it.”

In an effort to keep their doors open, they do their own fundraising which is where the Musicfest@Tramways comes in.

“We believe that the service we provide to children in the city is important and it is significant work.”

Learners from various schools in Port Elizabeth will perform at the musical showcase event. These schools include Summerwood Primary, Clarendon Park Primary, Erica Girls’ Primary, Charlo Primary, Greenwood Primary and Woodridge College.

Joining them will be the home-schooled youth of Port Elizabeth and other children who are part of the Young Entrepreneur (YE) Foundation’s course with Ansulene Prinsloo.

They will put their skills to the test by being stallholders and providing food and beverages at the event.

“I think it is wonderful that children are willing to give up their time to support an event like this,” Fankhauser said.

The Musicfest@Tramways will take place in the Old Tramways Building in South End on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

Entry is R40 per person and free to children under the age of five. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For more info contact Kim Fankhauser on 084 800 2014 or kim@ithembalam.co.za.

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