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Change for Children 2016

Friday 4 March 2016

An evening to remember...

Change for Children, our inaugural fundraising gala dinner, raised an astounding R260,000 for vulnerable children across South Africa. And the support is still coming in. Over 150 guests dressed to impress and walked the red carpet to fit the Hollywood Glamour theme of the evening.

The event officially kicked off with a screening of our blockbuster-like trailer, which gave a dramatic and awe-inspiring look at our history and work around the world since 1919. 

Performances included Given Mabena, founder of the Afro Tenors and Joyous Celebration member, saxophonist Nqubeko Ndebele, guitarist/soul-singer Andrew Snyders, the all-female dance troupe Dorah’s Dancers, and the headliner Bo.

Offering inspiring stories about why they support Save the Children South Africa’s work, co-hosts Terry Pheto and Bo spoke movingly about their life experiences that led them to becoming our Ambassadors and the importance of giving to children who are less fortunate.

One of the highlights of the evening was getting to hear directly from one of our many beneficiaries, a bright, charismatic and unapologetically confident young child who we simply called Moses

Our CEO Gugu Ndebele followed with her own emotional and moving address of the tireless work she and her team do every day in saving the lives of children around the country in a holistic way. During her time on stage she brought up founder of Please Products Ranjay Israni, sponsor and supporter who played a big hand in the event.

The Venue was packed and guests included Thembi Seete, Carol Tshabalala (SuperSport), Jessica Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs, Head of Marketing), Trevor Stuurman (photographer), and many more.

Guests were spoiled for choice with a delicious three-course meal and two lucky guests walked away with raffle prizes worth over R10,000 from Lungstar Creations and Plus-Fab. The night’s fundraising included a live auction, with fantastic items up for grabs including a live painting by Senzo Nhlapo, original artwork by Fleur de Bondt and Bevan de Wet, an elegant VanaShree clutch and three gowns donated by Terry Pheto – one of which was Thula Sindi dress she wore to the 2011 Daytime Emmy Awards.

We are so grateful to the evening’s glamourous Master of Ceremony, Edith Venter, our inspiring co-hosts Terry Pheto and Bo, and our wonderful partner, Please Products, as well as everyone who attended and supported the event.

With our sincere thanks to everyone on the event committee: Rodney Knotts (Event Director), Bhule Phiri, Nokuthula Mtshweni, Linda Alberts, Banele Senatla, Sasha Vanhee, Tsholofelo Molatlou, Kim Brigette Eagle, and Moroesi Leboela.

This article features excerpts from a review by blogger Ayabonga Ngoma. Follow this link to read his take on the evening.