THE sight of hundreds of people sleeping rough on the streets of Pietermaritzburg galvanised Shainaaz Dawood to start collecting blankets.“I was travelling to work from Northdale to Church Street and saw people - children and adults - sleeping on cardboard or whatever else they could find. It made me sad and determined to do something to help.“I have decided to collect one thousand blankets to hand out to homeless people,” the founder of Gharam Masala Productionz and Epic Act of Human Kindness said.“If you have old blankets you no longer use and are still in a good condition, please donate them. I will make sure those blankets get to those who really need them.”Dawood – who is also collecting jerseys, hats, socks and other clothing for adults and children - can be found at weekends manning a stall at Derby Market in Northdale and Medikist Pharmacy in Raisethorpe and going door-to-door in her neighbourhood, appealing for donations.And to ensure she reaches her 1000-blanket target, she and her partner, Vischal Singh, will be hosting an evening of music and dance at KZN Blind and Deaf Hall in Olympia Way at 5.30pm for 6pm on September 2. Tickets are R50 each.Hosted by Gharam Masala Productionz, the variety show, titled InfuZion 2, will feature KwaZulu-Natal’s premier Nagara group, Flash Entertainers.Also on the bill is Iqbal Nisaar and Party, who will introduce you to the ancient Urdu lyrics used in traditional Qawali music. The songs, which originated in Persia some 800 years ago, are played on harmonium, shai baja (a string, guitar-like instrument), table, dholak drums and keyboards.Rounding out the entertainment will be dancer, Altaaf Deen Francis, and a number of talented local youngsters.“Everyone who buys a ticket for the show is being asked to bring a blanket,” the Bombay Heights resident said. “The ticket will also get you entry into a lucky draw. All the profits from the show will go towards buying blankets.“We also want to challenge local companies and businesses to purchase five tickets for their staff or family and friends and then tag or challenge another company to match or better their contribution because the success of this fund-raiser determines the number of blankets we can buy.” Dawood is planning to hand over the blankets, together with 1000 food parcels, in December. To donate a blanket, drop it off at Premiers in Raisethorpe, Komisha Hair and Beauty Salon in Scottsville, at the stalls in Raisethorpe and Northdale or at the fund-raising concert.For more information like the Facebook page Epic Act of Human Kindness or follow the fund-raising campaign on Twitter @GMProductionz. To book tickets for the show email email@example.com or gmproduc firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Shaz on 082 838 7469 or Vischal on 079 858 0179. - Supplied.