The R1 per minute drama performance by the Elizabeth Conradie School’s drama club was given a thumbs up by guests who spent their 67 minutes watching the play Liewe Tata Mandela on Wednesday (26/07).The school held the show on Mandela Day in an effort to raise funds for the upcoming excursion to the ATKV Tienertoneel Festival later this month. The guests gave their approval to this performance by differently-abled learners, for the duration of which they were requested to sit quietly and not make a single move.The learners, with disabilities such as being wheelchair bound, autistic, partially sighted and affected by brain tumours, gave a vibrant and active performance. The team of 24 included learners and educators. The experience is expected to boost their confidence and help to raise the R85 600 needed for the entire excursion.The initiative was further applauded for its success by some of their former drama club colleagues, some of whom are now reportedly performing on world class level.This route was also taken due to some of the learners’ vulnerability and poor backgrounds. However, the donations of the day were evidently not enough.“We believe it is equally important that our learners are exposed to travelling, staying over in guest houses, eating in restaurants, doing sight-seeing and visiting interesting places,” said the school principal, Edward Malouly.To visit Cape Town will be a first for the learners. They have participated in the annual drama festival in Bloemfontein, where they won awards.“They also took part in the play, Sonder Grense, for the ATKV Toneel competition in Randfontein where they obtained second place. “Furthermore, they had the opportunity to visit Gold Reef City, the Apartheid Museum, the Mandela Theatre and many more, and took part in several other educational activities in Johannesburg,” said Malouly.The day saw three cheques of the Department of Justice, the Department of Correctional Services and the Sol Plaatje University being donated to the school in support of the group.A grateful Malouly urged members of the society to support the fundraising initiative, as there is still a great need.“The public needs to be informed of our fundraising initiatives, as monetary contributions will be appreciated due to the underprivileged learners we are trying to meet halfway,” he requested.“This is an opportunity for these learners to spread their wings and fly.”Comedian, motivational speaker and author Mark Coetzestet emphasised that the whole of South Africa “needs to hear what these special learners have to say in order to get this country on track.“I applaud the Elizabeth Conradie School for mana-ging to bring these favourite departments of mine under one roof,” he told the amused guests.