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SYMPHONY OF HOPE (article first published : 2002-05-6)

With financial support from Operation Jumpstart (the previous Natal Lotto), McCord Hospital purchased a house adjacent to the hospital which now houses the Sinikithemba Centre. Sinikithemba (isiZulu for “Place of Hope”) currently provides practical and holistic care for over 18,000 HIV+ people each year. However, R2 million is still needed to renovate and build the Centre.

With the backing of the Nedcor Foundation and the KZN Philharmonic as well as support from the private and commercial sector, the concept of Symphony of Hope emerged. This will take the form of a gala evening dress affair and an African theme dinner to be held on May 10 at the Durban City Hall. Funds raised from ticket sales will be for Sinikithemba’s Home-Care Training Hospice.

The KZN Philharmonic will present a spectacular night of musical entertainment, with a world-famous American musician, conducting some of his own compositions. The concert will feature popular artists Bongani Tembe and Stacey Almond with Derrick Ellis from Cape Town, among others.

A beadmaking income-generating project which supports 350 previously destitute HIV+ women will present a Beadwork Fashion Extravaganza, showcasing the craft skills of Sinikithemba Centre's women, with celebrated KZN personalities "modelling" their creations.

Other events planned are an auction of beaded attire and a display of artworks. There will be prizes for lucky tickets as well as a raffle.

US-based composer Tim Janis, who plays with the American Philharmonic Orchestra, will be in South Africa to record a music CD. Sinikithemba AIDS Care Centre’s choir will perform two Zulu songs on the CD, which will be sold world-wide to raise funds for AIDS in Africa. Hearing of Sinikithemba’s support for over 18,000 HIV+ people each year, Janis has offered to donate his time to help the Centre raise the required R2 million.

More details from 031 207-1164 or the KZNPO office on 031 369-9437.




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