Ignite Hope sparks support for community upliftment in South Africa

Ignite Hope sparks support for community upliftment in South Africa

Not only in South Africa, but globally, there are so many communities in desperate need, but questions such as “Where do we begin?”, “What can we do?” and “How do we do this?” hold people back from taking action.


Ignite Hope is a campaign that aims to help those who actively want to make a difference by connecting them with  tried and trusted social upliftment projects that have proven to have a positive impact in less privileged communities in the Western Cape.

 This is according to David Grier, Managing Trustee of Cipla Foundation, who says that the Ignite Hope campaign, founded by the non-for-profit Cipla Foundation, will be officially launched at the annual Comedians for Smiles event taking place at Villiera Wine Estate on 30 May. “The event offers people an opportunity to celebrate what has already been achieved by these projects, connect and commit to helping ignite hope.”

The purpose of the event is not about buying a ticket, it is about making a donation to the Ignite Hope campaign and attendees are rewarded with laughter and joy that we will share with the communities around us, says Grier. “Guests will be treated to live performances from comedians including Shimmy Isaacs, Khanyiso Kenqa, Mum-z, Dylan Skews, while enjoying Villiera wine paired with delicious snacks and a dinner.”

Through Ignite Hope corporates and individuals have an opportunity to sponsor meaningful infrastructure projects that already have tried and trusted systems  in place and are therefore able to deliver essential services to communities, says Grier.

“Individuals can take on an initiative and rally support around it to create funding to support a community or individual.”

The four initiatives include:

  • Owethu – which provides primary healthcare to communities in need through fully serviced modular clinics.
  • Sha’p Left which provides access to quality over-the-counter (OCT) medicines within informal settlements by partnering with local shop owners.
  • Miles for Smiles which raises funds and awareness for the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates.
  • Ajuga which sees fire resistant early childhood development (ECD) campuses established in informal settlements to provide quality education.

The Comedians for Smiles festival, which forms part of the Miles for Smiles initiative, is geared towards raising funds and awareness for children born with cleft lips and palates. To date, Miles for Smiles has raised over R8-million to facilitate nearly 2000 corrective surgeries. With the assistance of other local organisations and members of the public, the 2015 Comedians for Smiles festival aims to raise R190 000 to fund over 30 corrective surgeries.”

Tickets are sold at R550, are all inclusive and can be purchased online by visiting www.quicket.co.za or following the direct link here  https://www.quicket.co.za/events/8996-comedians-for-smiles-flower-power/#/.

Ignite Hope by getting involved visit: www.ciplafoundation.co.za

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