Goapele and FAB Fundraiser Update


The recent Fighting AIDS Beautifully (FAB) fundraiser, with guest performance by neo-soul and R&B singers Goapele and Brian Temba, went down without a hitch. The fundraiser is to help a host of AIDS orphanages countrywide and the proceed will be used for a Christmas party for the children.

Brian Temba and Goapele

We caught up with the organisation behind the event, the Ntshulisa Foundation, to find out what went down on D-Day. Here’s an interview with Karissa Samuel, the orgnaisations Director.

Celebrity SA: How was it working with Goapele? Was it everything you expected – her performance, the person behind the persona, and the effects of her involvement in the event?

Karissa Samuel: Goapele was an incredibly sincere and passionate individual. We enjoyed working with her. Her talent and beauty really translate through the power in which she delivers our message to stand up and fight AIDS, speak out and be safe.

Brian Temba, Goapele, Karissa and friends pose for a pic at the FAB event

CSA: Was the FAB event successful?

KS: FAB was successful but we want to take it out into the communities continuing to integrate arts & culture with a powerful message. We need to take the message to the people.

CSA: How much was raised ultimately and did you reach your goal?

KS: Around R25 000, but we have yet to finalise this. We’d aimed for a higher attendance, but hopefully when we do this again, we’ll make it more accessible to the communities who need to hear the message.

Karissa and the Kids

CSA: Where will the funds be going and how many orphanages will you help?

KS: Funds will be used in various projects for AIDS orphans – prioritising nutrition & education. With funds this low, we will only be able to help 2-3 homes at most.

CSA: Will there be any future collaborations with musicians for fundraisers?

KS: Definitely. We’ll be doing this with Goapele in the future and any local artists who are positive role models to Fight Aids Beautifully.

The Ntshulisa Foundation still needs volunteers and donations. If you would like to get involved, you can get more info on their website.

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~ by Thandie on December 2, 2010.

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