Media Statements

Issued on behalf of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement
For immediate release: Monday 3 November 2014

The Zip Zap Circus Dome in Cape Town will play host to the 2014 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards onThursday 6 November 2014. This prestigious annual event was established by Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement eight years ago to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in South Africa.

Inyathelo Executive Director Shelagh Gastrow says the Zip Zap Circus is a fitting location to thank the exceptional individuals who have actively worked to improve the lives of others. “Magical things happen at the circus and the same is true of the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. This year’s event promises to be an enchanting and unforgettable evening of uniquely choreographed performances, extraordinary cuisine and heart-warming recognition. The Chairperson of the Zip Zap Circus School, Victoria Nel, is also a previous awardee so it is an opportunity for us to show our continued support for the incredible work she does in developing young South African talent,” says Gastrow. Another former Inyathelo awardee, Refiloe Seseane, who worked as a TV soap star before starting the organisation 18twenty8 to empower young women, will host the gala evening.

Over eighty philanthropists from very different backgrounds have so far been honoured with Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards, including the likes of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; 9-year-old rhino campaigner Afeefah Patel; the Ackerman family; Founder of the Hope Warriors Children’s Charity Patrick Mashanda; former Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Saleem Badat; and Alice Wamundiya, a former car guard from Rwanda who established an organisation to provide tertiary education for refugees.

Gastrow says the Inyathelo awardees come from diverse walks of life, range in age from 8 to 85, and have completely different reasons for why they serve the causes that they do. “We have had over sixty nominations this year. Inyathelo believes anyone can be a philanthropist. It really doesn’t matter how much you give, it’s what you are able to achieve with what you give that really counts. We hope the passion, commitment, generosity and foresight demonstrated by all our awardees will inspire others in South Africa to go out and make a difference. As a philanthropist, you can play a critical role in effecting real systemic change through supporting innovative solutions to our many social, environmental and economic problems,” says Gastrow.


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Shelagh Gastrow
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