Special needs kids benefit at music festival

A special care facility for disabled children is to benefit from the sale of T-shirts at the Buyele’khaya Pan African Music Festival.

A special care facility for disabled children is to benefit from the sale of T-shirts at the Buyele’khaya Pan African Music Festival. Picture: FILE

Sivenathi Special Care Centre in Fort Beaufort is to receive 10% of the takings from the sale of T-shirts at the music event taking place at the Buffalo Park Cricket Stadium this weekend.

The project is led by Zandi Matoto, who has 500 T-shirts emblazoned with the Buyele’khaya logo to sell at the festival. Six youths are being employed on the day to sell the R150 T-shirts.

Project manager at Sivenathi Special Care Centre, Sigqibo Mqalo, said the money will come in handy as it will add to what they have collected so far to buy a vehicle to transport their 35 residents to hospitals and clinics.

Mqalo said some of their patients are bedridden and need 24-hour care, adding that the centre depended on donations from churches, community members, and other organisations to operate.

“It is rare to see a young person taking on such initiatives. We are truly thankful.”

Matoto said: “I approached [Buyele’khaya CEO Nomahlubi Mazwai] and told her I had the idea of designing and selling the T-shirts to help raise funds for charity. They loved the idea and wanted to go with it.”

She said Mazwai then offered her a free stall to sell T-shirts at the venue.

“Big giants in the entertainment industry come here and leave nothing for us. Each year we go out and support but we do not benefit from it. I wanted to try something different this year. I want them to leave something behind for us as we have continuously supported them. This is Christmas time, it is a time for giving,” she said.

Matoto said she had identified the centre as the beneficiary of this initiative because she saw how it struggled without funding and that the T-shirt initiative was a way of giving back to the community.

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