Painting the town red

2016-06-07 06:00

Imizamo Yethu residents in Hout Bay are among those in the city that are hugely affected by shack fires.

Many – and at times hundreds – of shacks burn down at once because they are so close to each other. Often residents lose everything when a fire breaks out.

In a bid to help these residents and to reduce the devastating effects of these fires, local comedians Stuart Taylor, Nik Rabinowitz, Carl Weber and Lungelo Ndlovu teamed up with the Khusela Ikhaya Project for a comedy show to raise funds to help protect these homes.

Through their show called Laughs4Paint held on Saturday 4 June at Kronendal primary school they managed to raise enough money to paint the homes with protective paint.

However, they won’t be stopping there and will spread further cheer by getting their hands dirty and painting homes too.

On Saturday 11 June they will paint homes alongside residents of Imizamo Yethu and many volunteers.

They will also be joined by some of the Stormers and Cape Cobra players at what is expected to be a fun-filled event.

The Laughs4Paint initiative aims to add further impetus to the Khusela Ikhaya Project’s #stopshackfires campaign.

Taylor says they intend to roll these comedy events out across the Cape to raise funds for areas that need it most.

“Not only does this project aim to reduce the effects of rapid spreading fires, but just like comedy, they add a little colour along the way too,” he says.

Funds raised at the first event will go towards painting homes and one or two ECDs in Imizamo Yethu informal settlement with fire retardant paint.

Volunteers who want to join the team as they paint houses will meet at the Hout Bay police station directly opposite Imizamo Yethu at 09:00. Painting will start after a short briefing at 09:15.V Visiting to donate, or SMS “stopshackfires” to 39888. SMSes are charged at R15. One SMS will cover 1m² of paint.

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