‘Ubuntu bugs’ off to New York to raise funds for orphans

2008-08-12 00:00

Cute little “ubuntu bugs” from Pietermaritzburg are going to New York to raise funds for local children.

The Children to Children Foundation, a non-profit organisation established by Slindile Nxumalo to help improve the lives of orphaned children living in townships, received the stuffed toys as part of donations for a June 16 renovation campaign to assist the Ubuntu Crisis Centre in Edendale, currently housing 39 orphaned children.

Cheryl Govender, who, in partnership with Project Gateway, runs Zandla Xpressions, stepped in to help after Nxumalo sent an e-mail requesting assistance.

“Zandla Xpressions is the trading trust that falls under the umbrella of Project Gateway, a local church-based, non-profit organisation. We offer marketing support to small, medium and micro enterprises by exhibiting their crafts in international exhibitions. When I heard about Children to Children and what they do, we decided to step in and help,” said Govender.

“We have travelled extensively to Paris, London, Germany and largely the United States.

However, New York has been our most successful exhibition. I attend the New York International Gift Fair twice a year,” she said.

She said their customers there understand their ethos, and even though the enterprise is known for its jewellery and accessories, it will be appealing to customers’ social commitment with the bugs, which have been beaded by the children.

Govender leaves for Manhattan today.

“We are so excited about this exhibition. We have been struggling to raise enough money to complete the centre. Our main problem really is getting transport to collect and deliver donations,” Nxumalo said.

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