Top comedians take to the stage to help orphans

2017-12-19 06:01

Academia Auditorium in Lansdowne is set to host a selection of South Africa’s top comedians for two nights later this month.

They have joined forces with Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) to help 2000 orphans and vulnerable children get ready for the 2018 school year.

A Lekker Comedy Show will run for two nights – Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December – at the auditorium.

Comedian Yaaseen Barnes leads a line-up that includes Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien, Rob van Vuuren, Carl Weber, Robby Collins and KG Mogadi.

Barnes says the comedy show aims to raise funds for Islamic Relief’s 2018 Back 2 School campaign.

“I have been working with Islamic Relief for the past two years. They are a family that helps other families and that’s why I love them. There are so many children who need school uniforms, stationery, backpacks, etc. and for me these items are essential. Education is key, and if a child has the necessary educational tools, they will learn and excel [academically and socially],” he says

According to UNICEF, there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa. IRSA has made it a priority to protect them and ensure their welfare.

Statistics South Africa (2010) reports that nearly one fifth of South Africa’s child population has lost one or both parents. These numbers are increasing daily, with minors facing a life of abject poverty.

IRSA’s orphans’ sponsorship programme aims to alleviate these struggles and remains a core function of our South African operations.

According to IRSA chief executive officer, Yusuf Mohamed, addressing the lack of access to quality primary education is cited as one of the ways to address structural poverty.

“Our educational support project, Back 2 School, caters for the basic needs for our primary and secondary school-going rights holders [beneficiaries] on an annual basis.

“We are coming together for the sake of these children who are in need of love, care and support. I am appealing to members of the public to support this initiative. We intend to distribute the Back 2 School items in January 2018.”

Mohamed is overwhelmed by the support received from these talented and much-loved comedians.

“The show promises to be highly entertaining ... so we look forward to playing host to this event and call upon the community to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment,” concludes Mohamed.

V Tickets for the comedy show are available through www.quicket.co.za. Tickets can also be purchased at the Islamic Relief Cape Town office, situated at 396 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne. For more information, call Ashraf Kenny on 072 202 1007 or 021 696 0145 during office hours.

Academia Auditorium in Lansdowne is set to host a selection of South Africa’s top comedians for two nights later this month.

They have joined forces with Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) to help 2000 orphans and vulnerable children get ready for the 2018 school year.

A Lekker Comedy Show will run for two nights – Friday 29 and Saturday 30 December – at the auditorium.

Comedian Yaaseen Barnes leads a line-up that includes Loyiso Gola, Joey Rasdien, Rob van Vuuren, Carl Weber, Robby Collins and KG Mogadi.

Barnes says the comedy show aims to raise funds for Islamic Relief’s 2018 Back 2 School campaign.

“I have been working with Islamic Relief for the past two years. They are a family that helps other families and that’s why I love them. There are so many children who need school uniforms, stationery, backpacks, etc. and for me these items are essential. Education is key, and if a child has the necessary educational tools, they will learn and excel [academically and socially],” he says

According to UNICEF, there are 3.7 million orphans in South Africa. IRSA has made it a priority to protect them and ensure their welfare.

Statistics South Africa (2010) reports that nearly one fifth of South Africa’s child population has lost one or both parents. These numbers are increasing daily, with minors facing a life of abject poverty.

IRSA’s orphans’ sponsorship programme aims to alleviate these struggles and remains a core function of our South African operations.

According to IRSA chief executive officer, Yusuf Mohamed, addressing the lack of access to quality primary education is cited as one of the ways to address structural ­poverty.

“Our educational support project, Back 2 School, caters for the basic needs for our primary and secondary school-going rights holders [beneficiaries] on an annual basis. We are coming together for the sake of these children who are in need of love, care and support. I am appealing to members of the public to support this initiative. We intend to distribute the Back 2 School items in January 2018.”

Mohamed is overwhelmed by the support received from these talented and much-loved comedians.

“The show promises to be highly entertaining ... so we look forward to playing host to this event and call upon the community to book their tickets early to avoid disappointment,” concludes Mohamed.

V Tickets for the comedy show are available through www.quicket.co.za. Tickets can also be purchased at the Islamic Relief Cape Town office, situated at 396 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne. For more information, call Ashraf Kenny on 072 202 1007 or 021 696 0145 during office hours.

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