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This past weekend was the second annual VSAFF. The event included the opening gala fundraiser, as well as a host of other films from South Africa.

The event has been for the most part a success, with us raising lots of dollars (rands) through ticket sales, the gala, sponsors, and one off donations from film patrons.

My role in the festival has consisted largely of setting up the ticket management system – hardly a simple task! The system saved us a considerable amount of time as it handled all of the pre-event tocket sales for us, and also helped expose the festival to a wider audience; however, the back end of the ticket site was nothing short of a nightmare, and then add the fact that it took on a mind of its own once the event started….

Anyway, the opening gala had over four hundred patrons, and despite all the problems with the ticket system, we still managed to get everyone happily through the doors and into their seats! – pheww!

Tickets and galas aside, I had the chance to meet Vimbai. Let me say she is amazing, and has everyone so impressed. We are so fortunate to have such a motivated, intelligent, and creative young woman doing such great work on the ground in Cape Town – students, Vimbai is your role model!

Vimbai and I will meet up next week to have a chat about arts projects, books, and how to get students more involved in getting their creative work out (stories, photography, drawing, painting, poetry, music, etc). Looking forward to this!

Well, gotta go, Johnny Clegg film is playing, and I’d like to sneak in and see a bit of it.


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Rodney, one of our volunteers and supporters, hosts a regular Education without Borders poker fundraising night.

The night includes plenty of beer, refreshments, and prizes. For those who are interested in joining the activities, please contact us at Education without Borders, and we’ll put you onto the mailing list. Activities typically take place at the Shark’s Club in downtown Vancouver.

Participants are not pros, and are out to support a great Canadian-South African charity.

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Education without Borders has many supporters who have been instrumental in raising funds for projects at our two schools in Cape Town Gugulethu.

Joanne Smith, a long time supporter of EwB, recently held another fundraiser event at her home, where she invited Dr. Dennis Glauber to give a presentation on “Shakespeare and Opera”.  Dennis Glauber lived in South Africa in the 1960’s and was well known as the National Radio Quiz Champion. He moved to Seattle, in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, in the 1970’s, and has a lecture series of a wide range of operatic topics.

The event was a huge success  and raised $1000 for EwB activities.  Feedback from guests was very positive, including this from Carol:

“Thanks you so much for that lovely evening last week with with your friend Dennis.  I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation, particularly the South African production of Othello compared with Otello.  I love that opera, but it was wonderful hearing Shakespeare the way it should be spoken, slow delivery so we could relish every word, and the enunciation absolutely perfect. ” – Carol

This event is an example of how it is possible for you to organize activities with your friends to fundraise for Education without Borders.

How about having friends over for tea? A morning walk and coffee? A small potluck dinner? Simple and small social events with donations of just a few dollars a person add up quickly – you’d be surprised! And donating the funds you collect is easy, just visit: – http://www.canadahelps.org/CharityProfilePage.aspx?CharityID=83035


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