Giving the gift of a smile with laughter

Giving the gift of a smile with laughter

Comedians for Smiles: Flower Power – a unique comedy festival featuring well-known comedians Shimmy Isaacs, Dylan Skew, Stuart Taylor, Khanyiso Kenqa and Mum-Z – is set to run for one night only at Villiera Wine Farm near Stellenbosch, Cape Town, on Saturday 30 May. The annual comedy festival is hosted by the Cipla Foundation Miles for Smiles initiative and is geared to raise funds and awareness for the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates.

Creator of the event, Cipla Foundation’s Managing Trustee – David Grier, has expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the comedians who will be performing for free as well as Villiera Wine Estate for hosting the event and sponsoring wine.

Comedians for Smiles is yet another campaign that forms part of Cipla Foundation’s Miles for Smiles initiatives – which have raised over R8-million to date to facilitate corrective surgeries for Operation Smile patients, an achievement that is made possible by the support of our wonderful partners who donate their resources and time.”

Grier says that the evening promises to be a night to remember. “Upon arrival guests will be escorted to the ‘Rainbow Gathering Room’ located in the main reception area where welcome drinks will be served against a backdrop of 70’s classics that epitomise the era. The festivities will then move to the ‘Ignite Hope’ room where guests will be greeted by John Lenon and Yoko Ono and artistically designed T- Shirts by Louis Storm will be sold.

The guests will also be treated to gourmet canapés paired with Villiera’s award winning wines.

Dinner will then be served in the ‘Peace and Love Rally’ area where guests will be captivated by talented fire dancers, Studio54 DJs, go-go dancers, an air guitar competition and dance off’s. Finally, the top-notch comedy line-up will be hosted in the ‘Woodstock of Comedy’ room.

A host of other spaces will also be incorporated throughout the evening, offering all attendees a full tour of the majestic estate and Cipla Foundation will be launching its latest ‘Ignite Hope’ CSI campaign. The private auction of Louis Storm’s ‘Ignite Hope’ collection will round off the evening as key art pieces by the renowned artist will be auctioned off to raise further funds for this worthy cause.

To ensure that guests can enjoy the selection of award winning wines safely, Uber has partnered with Cipla Foundation and will be offering all first-time Uber users a free ride of up to R200 when the promotional code CFS2015 is used.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cipla Foundation Miles for Smiles initiative, which in collaboration with Operation Smile has helped put nearly 2000 smiles on children’s faces, says Grier.

Tickets, sold at R550, are all inclusive and can be purchased online by visiting or following the direct link here . The event has been organised by Black Mango / Bigger than Me, an events and social change agency that creates bespoke concepts to drive social transformation in South Africa.

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