There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a heavy dose of inspiration! Yes, tears were shed, but there’s no doubt that everyone at this event today left holding their heads a little higher, knowing that not all the stories told about our country are bad ones!!
Clover has been partnering with CHOC since 2004 when the first CHOC house was established (back then, by Clover Danone). There are now 5 CHOC houses, and with the new initiative launched today, to be run over the next 10 months, there are plans for a 6th!
By the way … did you know that CHOC stands for Childhood Haemotology and Oncology Clinics?
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Get involved by buying Clover Nutrikids products in stores and following the campaign on social media with the hashtag #NutrikidsForCHOC.
Read more about CHOC’s aims here …
On 17 September 2019, midway through Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Clover Nutrikids and CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA announced that they would once again partner up to fundraise for the purchasing and building of a new Clover Nutrikids CHOC House in Port Elizabeth. This will make it the sixth house facilitated and donated to CHOC by Clover over the past few years, as part of a beautiful journey and long term relationship between the two brands.
The various CHOC houses across the country provide a home away from home for families whose children are affected by cancer and need to travel long distances from home to receive treatment.
“Clover has been and is the most amazing partner. For the past 11 years Clover has supported CHOC. Clover’s extensive generosity over the years has meant that thousands of children, teens and parents who otherwise had nowhere to stay, found a home, care and love at a CHOC House,” says Carl Queiros, CEO at CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA.
In 2018, Clover Nutrikids fundraised and invested close to R2 million into the fifth Clover Nutrikids CHOC House located in Pretoria. The six-bedroom house underwent major renovations to ensure that each area of the house provided maximum benefit to the children receiving treatment as well as the CHOC employees who are vital to the children’s recovery.
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 by parents of children with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. The organisation exists to serve and support the children, parents, families and communities through their cancer journey to keep more than hope alive. Having experienced the immense emotional and financial toll that cancer takes, they recognised there is more than one victim in the family of a child with cancer, and they bound together to support each other, children with cancer and their loved ones.
Their aim was to ease the burden on parents and families facing the same journey by providing access to relevant, accurate information, as well as emotional and practical support. CHOC is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer, life-threatening blood disorders and their families. They have a national office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, one branch, and 13 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. CHOC relies on corporate sponsors such as Clover and donations from groups or individuals wanting to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.
“CHOC is all about keeping hope alive, and Clover Nutrikids makes life good for moms and way better for kids. With these two brands working together, we believe in creating hope for all children in South Africa affected by cancer. We will spend the next 10 months partnering with CHOC to help raise much-needed funds through through a portion of our Nutrikids product sales to ensure that this sixth Clover Nutrikids CHOC House becomes a reality,” says Edith Molepo, Brand Group Manager for Nutrikids.
People across South Africa can get involved by purchasing any Nutrikids product which will contribute towards the fundraising and furnishing of the home. The Nutrikids range is made up of Juices, Yoghurts, Ready-To-Drink milk and toddler’s milk powder. A donation from each Nutrikids product sold will be made towards the initiative. The product can be found in any SA retailer.
For the latest project news and updates, connect with Clover Nutrikids and CHOC online:
Clover Nutrikids website: https://www.clover.co.za/product-category/toddler-range/nutrikids/
CHOC website: http://choc.org.za/
ONE DAY ONLY … ONE STAGE … ALL STAR CAST … SA’S TOP PERFORMERS … JONATHAN ROXMOUTH … TIMOTHY MOLOI … BRYAN SCHIMMEL … ILSE KLINK … and many more!
“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
― Shannon L. Alder
The Sakellarides/ Devar family are an integral part of the theatre community. Theatre makers, supporters and the like are familiar with this talented unit, and those who have had the fortune of personally becoming a part of their lives, or even briefly interacting with them, all agree unanimously that this family are the warmest, kindest, most generous bunch of people, in an industry that is often extremely cruel.
Over the past few years, the family were faced with the misfortune of Nik Sakellarides falling very ill and ending up in intensive care on two lengthy, different occasions.
This was a very dark time for Brenda Sakellarides who managed to pull through, and with Nik’s strong recovery finally saw the light of day, despite the emotional and financial strain.
But just when life started normalising, another devastating bit of news came to the fore: their 16 year old son Ziya Devar was diagnosed with aggressive Ulcerative Colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract. It affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It can be debilitating, sometimes leading to life-threatening complications. While it has no known cure, treatment can greatly reduce signs and symptoms of the disease, even bringing about long-term remission.
About two and a half months ago, Nik took to Facebook, asking the Theatre/ Entertainment Community and beyond to please assist Brenda and the family with any donations they could contribute towards the increasingly exhorbitant medical costs for Ziya’s recovery.
This sparked Owen Lonzar’s idea to produce a show with some of the biggest names in the theatre industry, to raise money so that young Ziya and his family can fight this illness without worrying about the financial burden placed on them.
Lonzar explains: “There are genuinely very few good people in the world, who are always willing to help others. Brenda and Nik are always willing to help others. They are very special people, so I thought I need to do this. It’s also great because the community are involved. We don’t always have the money to give in this industry, so at least if these artists can perform, other people can buy tickets. It’s also important to be actively involved. We have a small community and we need to be able to look after each other, and this is one way that we can.”
Caitlin Clerk came on board to assist with administrative detail, and a wonderful night of music, musical theatre, talent and of course, community and giving has been organised to entertain audiences, but more importantly to raise money for Ziya’s recovery.
Silver Linings Songbook takes place on Sunday, 24 June 2018 at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square at 18h30. As this show sold out so quickly, an additional matinee has been added at 15h30!
Tickets cost just R200 each!
Never again and nowhere else will you get the opportunity to see such a fabulous lineup of South Africa’s top theatre talent performing on one stage, for a bargain price like this!
Can’t make it but still want to participate? Call the theatre on (011) 883-8606 and ask for a ‘ghost ticket’ … they’ll know what you’re talking about!
Bookings through computicket.com or call (011) 883-8606. If you can, try and go to to a Computicket kiosk and pay cash – they’ve been tremendously awesome and waivered their fee for the show if you do this!!!
Not only will you be helping others in need, but the line up of performers boasts some of the best talent in the country. This includes Jonathan Roxmouth, Timothy Moloi, Angela Killian, Sylvaine Strike, Ilse Klink, Bryan Schimmel (piano solo), Itu Sings, Kiruna – Lind Devar, Noni Mkhonto, Judy Ditchfield, Dolly Louw, Andrea Shine, Natasha van der Merwe, Caitlin Clerk, Nqobile Sipamla, Tonya Koenderman, Hayley Christian Francis, Luciano Zuppa, Dennis East, Claire Taylor and Toni Morkel.
Special Appearance from Kate Monster (aka Ashleigh Harvey) from Avenue Q, and Malcolm Terrey will be MCing the event.
A huge thank you to Daphne Kuhn for the use of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, and to all the artists and crew involved in the giving of their time for such an important cause.
Book now for Silver Linings Songbook on Sunday, 24 June 2018 at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
Golf Day Fundraiser in aid of the Born to Perform Platform
The Young South African Performers’ Association
Dainfern Golf Club
Thursday 17 May from 11h00
To continue providing mentorship, showcasing and training young artists for a career in the arts, Born To Perform in association with The Young South African Performers’ Association, will be holding a fun Golf Day as a fundraiser, taking place on Thursday 17 May at Dainfern Golf Club, with tee off times beginning from 11h00.
Says Matthew Marinus of Born To Perform; “We are excited that the BTP Platform is gaining momentum and that more and more extraordinarily talented youths are being given such incredible opportunities in the industry. We are holding a Golf Day in order to fundraise money for this years Gala show (taking place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City in September), in order to expand the platform to even greater heights.”
You can participate by booking a 4-ball and join them for a fun day out while supporting a great organization!
The cost of a 4-ball is R4200 and includes:
- Green Fees
- Halfway House
- Dinner, entertainment and prize giving afterwards
- Goody Bag
The fee EXCLUDES golf carts.
Non-golfers are welcome to attend afterwards, at a cost of R300 per person, which will include the dinner, entertainment and involvement in the auction.
Bookings can be done by contacting:
Charmaine : firstname.lastname@example.org / 082 308 8998 or
Laurelle : email@example.com / 082 460 6178
Monies raised will ensure that the Born to Perform Gala Concert in September will be even bigger than the previous shows!
We are excited to announce that Born To Perform 2018 will take place at The Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Saturday 15 September at 19h30 and Sunday 16 September at 11h00 and 15h00. Details of this exciting show will be available within the next few weeks, so “watch this space!”
More information on Born To Perform
Born To Perform is a platform created by Gemma Donnelly Marinus and Matthew Marinus to create professional opportunities in the Performing Arts Industry for young budding talented children and teens.
Originally coming from the UK, Gemma has been a major player in the musical theatre industry in SA for over 8 years before opening up an elite performing arts school (Stageworx School Of Performing Arts) in 2009. Here is a video giving you more information:
Passionate about growing a bright future for our budding artists Gemma and Matthew are heavily involved in training and showcasing the future stars of SA.
Matthew is best known as the talented drummer for The Graeme Watkins Project, but most recently is fast making a name for himself as “Dream Canvas Productions” – video production company he has recently formed – where he produces music videos and EPK’s for SA artists.
The combination of Matthew and Gemma led to the Born To Perform Platform.
Follow Born to Perform:
Face Book: https://www.facebook.com/Borntoperformgala
YouTube: Born To Perform TV
Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2016:
Enjoy highlights from Born To Perform Gala Concert 2015:
Highlights from “A Night with the Stars” in association with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra:
Gauteng residents urged to donate clothing and break a world record
It set a world record for the most clothing ever donated and it’s back in Sandton this year, looking to scale new heights and once again make the record books.
The award-winning Empty Shop – which returns for a third year to Sandton City from Saturday, October 29 until Sunday, November 20 – is a novel way to give to charity and make a difference as we head to the festive season.
The concept is simple: donate, style and empty. From the general public to fashion bloggers, stylists and celebrities, everyone is invited to contribute pre-loved clothing, which is then transformed daily on mannequins with show-stopping looks. The only prerequisite is that clothing should be clean and in wearable condition. Every evening the store will be emptied and ready to receive new donations the next day.
Taking place in the Checkers Court, The Empty Shop gives shoppers the opportunity to donate clothing, as well as accessories, children’s books, games and toys, in good condition to a worthy cause.
In previous years, local celebrities such as Rolene Strauss, Jen Su, Maps Maponyane, Azania Mosaka, Anele Mdoda, Lucas Radebe, Thando and Vanya Mangaliso and Jason Greer have all heeded the call to donate.
The Empty Shop in Sandton City, a partnership with McCann Johannesburg, has collected 8,3 tons of clothing to date and in 2014 set a world record (three tons) for the highest amount of clothing donated. Last year, more than five tons of clothing donations were received, setting a new world record.
In addition to setting records, The Empty Shop has also been winning awards. Last month Sandton City won the coveted Spectrum Award for The Empty Shop at the South African Council of Shopping Centres’ (SACSC) Footprint Marketing Awards.
Julie Hillary, General Manager: Sandton region ofJHI Retail, says the response from the public to The Empty Shop over the last two years has been outstanding. “We are delighted to host The Empty Shop once again and invite our shoppers to donate as many clothes, accessories, children’s books, games and toys as possible,” she says.
All proceeds will be donated to HospiceWits, which provides quality palliative care and support to communities in throughout Johannesburg and Soweto. Through HospiceWits patients are assured of the best quality of life, dignity and strength through programmes of home-based palliative care and two in-patient units.
“By partnering with initiatives such as The Empty Shop, HospiceWits is able to generate funds through the sales of donated items in our charity stores. Every item donated ensures that we never have to turn a patient away for financial reasons,” says Joy Ruwodo, Marketing & Fundraising Manager at HospiceWits.
The Empty Shop will be open during Sandton City’s trading hours from October 29: Monday to Saturday 09h00 – 20h00 and Sunday 09h00 – 18h00. The Empty Shop will close at 18h00 on Sunday, November 20.