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AFRICAN FOOTPRINT (article first published : 2005-01-1)

The recent Tsunami disaster in Asia has affected and touched millions of people around the globe. The sheer magnitude of this event has also left many feeling helpless in that they are unable to physically assist in the relief operation. Acknowledging this Afrisun’s Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom will stage a benefit performance of the smash-hit South African production African Footprint at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya on January 8 at 17h00 to raise funds for the disaster relief, in an endeavour to contribute to the victims and their families.

“Our thoughts are with the millions of people whose lives have been affected by this tragedy and we want to support and assist, even in a small way, those who have now been left devastated by the recent events.” said Tristan Kaatze, Divisional Director of Sun International.

“Tickets for the benefit performance are R150 each. We anticipate that tickets sales will reach about R75,000 and we will round this up to R100,000,” said Melville Vogel, GM of Sibaya. “The money will be handed over to East Coast Radio’s Tsunami Relief Fund which has been set up by the Gift of the Givers who are assisting with the relief operations.”

“As a part of the Sun International family, we see ourselves as a global player and when the international community is affected in this traumatic way, we feel compelled to assist in raising funds. We are especially saddened that so many lives were affected at this time of the year, usually spent in celebration with family and friends,” said Vogel.

“It would seem that not one life, but millions of lives have been affected by the recent Tsunami Disaster,” commented Richard Loring, Executive Producer of African Footprint. “People’s lives, homes, belongings and businesses have been affected irreversibly for many years to come. How do we, as individuals, help against a catastrophe that is so huge, that even thinking about assisting seems an insurmountable task?”

“However, as the African Footprint Company knows from their first-hand experience in Atlanta, USA at the time of the 9-11 disaster, in the words of Ambassador Andrew Young “triumph over adversity is achieved one step at a time”.

“So, as a company, we call upon the public to help us take that step and so assist, the victims of all those countries devastated by these tragic events, by supporting an extra performance of African Footprint.”

Tickets can be booked through Computicket or the Sibaya Box Office 031 580 5555.




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