Struggling mom hosts show for underprivileged kids

2018-03-20 06:01
Ishtiyaaq Benn, Akeela Solomons and Conley Jones with Firdaus Benn during rehearsal.

Ishtiyaaq Benn, Akeela Solomons and Conley Jones with Firdaus Benn during rehearsal.

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A struggling mother from Manenberg hosted a fundraiser modelling show with underprivileged children on Friday night.

Firdaus Benn (29) says the fundraiser was in aid of her sick eight-year-old daughter, but was also to do her part of community work by encouraging children to dream big despite the many challenges they face daily.

The unemployed woman is facing eviction and single-handedly cares for her three children, two of whom have epilepsy and autism (“Family faces eviction”, Peoples Post, Tuesday 23 January).

“I am a young single mom who struggles with my kids but still have time to help others. I keep kids off the streets daily by teaching them dancing and modelling at my home, this is to prevent them from entertaining negative activities like drugs and gangsterism,” says Benn.

“I went to different businesses in Manenberg to ask for funds and they gladly sponsored food and snacks for the kids and guests as part of the fundraiser. The event was held in Pam Walk where we used the entire street to host the event. Roegshanda Pascoe was among the guest speakers to inspire the crowd on the day.”

Benn says various sponsored goods were sold to the public to raise funds for her daughter, including fruits, yoghurts and sweets.

She thanked all who assisted her leading to the success of her fundraiser event.

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