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Chiquita School of Spanish Dancing is Dancing for the Dogs!

Chiquita School of Spanish Dancing is reviving their 2018 showcase The Magic of the Movies. The production is in aid of Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre and will take place on Sunday 13 October 2019 at Cliffview Primary School.

The production highlights the music from the movies. From Titanic to The Peanuts Movie, Kill Bill and Coco, everyone in the family is guaranteed to find a familiar song.

However, the show is not only showcasing Spanish Dance. In addition, Chiquita is collaborating with The Duncan Studio of Celtic Dance and Aliyah Blue: Tribal with a Twist.

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All proceeds will go to Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre and their new hospital.

Based in Parkhurst, Johannesburg, the students of the Chiquita Dance Studio, come from all walks of life; from scholars and students to stay-at-home moms, to those professionals with careers of their own.   They range from young children to grandmothers.  Colleen Crooks ( dance teacher) has the ability to get the best out of her students, even those who are challenged.

 She has a physically challenged dancer and another with only 5% vision in one eye. No-one is denied the opportunity to dance.

This is confirmed by them participating in shows.  They have overcome their challenges.  What inspiration and motivation, this is to us all.

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Whatever the dance students’, circumstances or state of mind are when they arrive for their class, whether it be depressed, lonely, despondent, exhausted, they always feel so uplifted by the end of their class,  this is because of the power of dance and the nurturing atmosphere in Colleen’s  dance studio.’

All the dance students are euphoric to be performing for this worthy cause, to raise money to build the Soweto Veterinary Hospital, thus helping Jerry Selwane achieve his goal.

Chiquita School of Spanish Dancing has performed for many other charities, such as: the Childhood Cancer Foundation, San Salvador, Reea Epileptic Home, Avril Elizabeth Home, Marang House, Homac, Salvation Army Boys Home, Sunshine Home and the World Burn Foundation, to name a few.

The Magic of the Movies

Date: 13 October 2019

Times: 13:00 & 17:00

Venue: Cliffview Primary School

Ticket price: R150 Adults, R100 Children under 12 (Available through Quicket).

Tickets also available at the door for R170 (Adults) and R110 (Children).

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(Pics provided from last year’s show)

A bit of background on SARAC (Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre):SARAC

Jerry Selwane established SARAC in November 2011. Prior to this he worked for the S.P.C.A for 13 years. He had a great vision for helping animals, and was not able to pursue this passion at the S.P.C.A. and so he decided to create his own organization, funded initially from his own pension.

Jerry’s vision is to educate and change people’s attitude towards animals, by teaching the next generation of the worth of animal care and making them aware of cruelty to those without a voice. Jerry started by walking the streets of Soweto, helping the community with their animals by erecting runners for the dogs on chains, sterilising, treating and arranging kennels for animals in need and in appreciation for his services the community gave him the name “Dr Doolittle”.

Many children have started helping SARAC, they have become the ambassadors for the helpless, and we affectionately call them “Jerry’s Rangers”. They are offered dog behavior courses, so they can train community members on responsible pet
ownership.

Rangers are our eyes and ears, and report any cruelty they see to Jerry. In appreciation for their services, SARAC arranges an annual Christmas party for them and the Top Ten Rangers each gets a trophy and cellphone, all donated by our supporters.

Jerry also offers free training to the young men and women from poor the communities who cannot afford tertiary fees, they are given free training and accommodation.

In 2014 Jerry was alerted to a video of a man who was so horribly bashing a goat and after learning that Authorities were battling to locate and identify the suspect, Jerry took upon himself to investigate the case and it only took him 24 hours to put the goat basher behind bars.

In 2014 Jerry was then nominated South African Hero of the year.

He then proceeded in building relationships with the Magistrates, where he is authorized in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

Jerry then raged a war against dog-fighting syndicates and as a results, he raided and brought the syndicates to book, he then received countless death threats for his efforts.

In 2017, SARAC was nominated for a prestigious Rocci/FNB business of the year award and won gold for community support.

In 2018, Jerry won Top Dog Animal Hero Award for his Bravery in bringing animal abusers to book.

Jerry won SADC 2019 CEO, GLOBAL Country Award and also Pan African Region Award.
SARAC DESPERATELY NEED HELP TO COMPLETE OUR DREAM CLINIC.

We are in desperate need of the following:
1. Plumbing materials
2. Dry walling
3. Tiles
4. 2 X sliding doors
5. Inside doors
6. 4 X Toilet sets
7. Basins
8. Furniture.
9. Building materials ie bricks, sand, cement etc.

We strongly believe that education is the only way to ultimately improve the lives of animals.

Contact Details:
Jerry Selwane : 084 911 9459 jerry@sarac.co.za

SARAC’s Banking Details:
Account Name : Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre
Bank : Nedbank
Branch : 19810500 (Southdale)
Account Number : 1030387311

SMS Line:
SMS “DONATE SARAC” to 48748. SMSes cost R10.
SMS “DONATE SARAC” to 40580. SMSes cost R20
SMSes cost R10/R20 per sms on all SA networks. Free minutes do not apply.

 

[ALL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EXTERNAL SOURCE]
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THE AWARD-WINNING EMPTY SHOP RETURNS TO SANDTON CITY THIS MONTH

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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.

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