Icons of the 100 years

“While children need to be guided, they also have an entrenched right to be whatever they want to be…

They can achieve this only if they are given the space to dream and live out their dreams.’’

To mark the 100th anniversary year of the birth of Nelson Mandela and recognise the powerful leadership contribution that he and many other South African icons have made to nation-building in the new South Africa, we will be hosting a charity dinner 14th June 2018 in London, United Kingdom. We hope that the diversity, contribution, persistence, grit and commitment that these icons have shown the world, will inspire the dreams of South Africa’s children and young people today.

In honour of Madiba’s very special love of children, the event will be held on the evening of 14th June 2018, at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

ICONS is a collaborative initiative being organised by Afrika Tikkun, CHIVA Africa, and help2read; three charities striving to improve the lives of children and young people in South Africa by ensuring that they have access to care, education and the space to dream and live out their potential. The work of these charities is outlined below:

Afrika Tikkun was founded in 1994 with the goal of making a difference in South Africa by developing and uplifting young people in underprivileged communities. With like-minded partners, Afrika Tikkun aims to end child poverty and youth unemployment through a holistic approach that begins in early childhood and ends with productive adults accessing the economy.

Its approach provides all-inclusive care (nutrition, health and social) services and helps SA’s youth achieve success with a model called Cradle-to-Career 360°, which has earned Afrika Tikkun recognition for being one of the most impactful organisations in South Africa.

-CHIVA Africa is dedicated to improving healthcare for children and adolescents living with HIV. CHIVA works with health facilities to provide on-site mentoring and teaching to improve the skills and knowledge of Government healthcare workers on the frontline of South Africa’s HIV epidemic. By building the capacity of healthcare workers, the organisation supports their efforts to achieve a long and healthy life for all children and adolescents.

-help2read is on a mission to erase illiteracy in South Africa. It’s one-on-one attention from a Volunteer Reading Helper or Community Literacy Tutor, literate but literacy intervention programmes are run at public primary schools across South Africa, and provide children who struggle to read with unemployed youth from township communities who have few opportunities to increase employability skills or access work experience. Through consistent literacy input, reading help and fun activities, the children that participate in the programmes not only learn to read, they fall in love with it.

Afrika Tikkun UK’s board of directors have been instrumental through their passion, love and support in making this event come to life. We thank you.

The confirmed guestlist promises to have a diverse attendance of some of South Africa’s most influential socialites and movers and shakers of our time. It promises to be an inspiring and heart-warming event where South Africans from across the world can join together to support the impactful and meaningful work of these three organizations.

Funds raised on the night will support all three charities to enable the spaces within which South Africa’s children can dream, grow and thrive; giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential and, 100 years from now, be celebrated in turn, by those who follow in their footsteps.

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