Battle of the brain to raise funds

2016-11-17 06:00
 General Manager Nyasha Manjengenja speaks at the launch of the drive in Gugulethu.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

General Manager Nyasha Manjengenja speaks at the launch of the drive in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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In order to reach its goal of raising about R1,5 million in funds for a child care project, Ikamva Labantu will be hosting a star studded Battle of the Wits game show.

The event, to be held under the auspices of Fuel2Grow, will take place on Saturday 19 November, at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre.

Battle of the Wits will be hosted by Katlego Maboe from Strictly Come Dancing and Expresso on SABC 3 fame.

On stage he will be joined by celebrity participants Michael Mol (Hello Doctor and Top Billing), Africa Melane from Cape Talk, Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground and Danilo Acquisto of Good Hope FM and Afternoon Express.

The celebs will each be placed in an adult team and these four teams will go up against kids from schools around Cape Town as well as some kids from the Fuel2Grow programme, in an extreme general knowledge battle.

According to the Fuel2Grow spokesperson Nyasha Manjengenja the aim of the show is to raise funds for Fuel2Grow, which assists vulnerable children living in Cape Town’s townships.

“It will be a fun filled day, where grade five learners from four local schools will go head-to-head with corporate executives in a battle of smarts.

The grownups have to prove that they are smarter than a fifth grader. We are hoping to raise fund as a part of the campaign, (which) started three months ago,” she said.

The organisation is hoping to raise R 1.5 million before the end of December.

Manjengeja said that they were still far away from their target but are hoping that the days activities will boost their numbers.

“The adults have donated to be a part of the event and we have Freshly Ground who will be performing with goodwill tickets to the show.

There will also be merchandise on sale during the event as well as an SMS line where people can donate,” she explained.

There will be exciting prizes for the winning teams as well as the audience participants throughout the day.

Katlego and the Fuel2Grow team will also be encouraging the audience and passers-by to donate to the Fuel2Grow campaign to help reach the R1,5 million goal that needs to be reached by the end of the year. The fun-filled day will finish off with a performance by Fuel2Grow supporters, Freshlyground.

The current focus for Fuel2Grow is to assist the Rainbow Centre afterschool programme based in Gugulethu. This includes meals; school uniforms and stationery; additional support at home, at their schools and in their communities; and aftercare that includes meals, sports, art activities and equipment; primary health screenings and academic support.

David Green, CEO of the V&A Waterfront said that they were proud to be the host of the fun and games.

“A key focus for the V&A Waterfront has always been on providing leisure and entertainment activities for the entire family, so the Fuel2Grow Battle of Wits is a perfect fit for us.

You can support the initiative by donating through SMS ‘grow’ to 40131 to donate R20.

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