On Saturday, 15 July, philanthropists, influencers, celebrities, entrepreneurs, business owners, and media from across South Africa joined together in support of a charitable cause at the sixth annual 5 For Change gala. Over R250 000 was raised in support of five beneficiaries; Khaya Le Langa, Numeric, Sunshine Cinema, Dine with Khayelitsha, and Community Keeper.
Guests were entertained by Siv Ngesi, the MC of the evening, and performances by The Kiffness, one of South Africa’s live electronic acts, and The Wedding DJ’s. A live auction was held, hosted by David Murray, and the lucky raffle winners were announced.
All proceeds from the gala event will be distributed to the various beneficiaries’, in support of community development in South Africa. “Even through the difficult economic times, the generosity shines through and the evening was a smashing success. Once again, we are humbled by the incredible support at the 5 For Change Gala,” says one of the 5 For Change co-founders.
After collecting 150 000 sanitary pads for underprivileged girls last year, Siv Ngesi aims to raise the bar with an upcoming boxing event
The TV personality feels strongly about playing a vital role in fighting against women and child abuse, and is involved in various initiatives.
Last year Siv launched a sanitary pad drive and collected 150 000 pads for girls in less-fortunate circumstances. This year he has found a way to merge his passions to increase the number.
“I strongly believe that if we all made a commitment to do something – anything – to bring about positive change in our country, we would make an astounding impact and create a better future,” he said.
Siv added that by using his passion he is able to make a significant difference to some of the problems that society faces
“I have found that leveraging my passions helps me find meaningful solutions to real problems. For instance, the youth of our country and boxing are two things that are very precious to me and this is what motivated me to initiate the sanitary pad drive,” he explained.
This also led to Siv joining forces with the African Pride Fighting Championship (APFC) for a charity boxing match on June 16.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to bring in Youth Day than watching a couple of spectacular fights and then presenting a youth charity with a cheque that will help alleviate some of their financial pressures,” he said.
The boxing initiative takes place at Tsogo Sun Cape on 15 June and aims to raise R50 000 for child-focused charity initiatives.
Local fight promotion African Pride Fighting Championship (APFC) and South African celebrity and t.v personality, Siv Ngesi have joined forces for a charity boxing event which takes place on 15 June at the Tsogo Sun Cape Sun.
Hosted on the eve of Youth Day, Fight for Change aims to raise R50 000 for child focused charities, Dare to Share and Pebbles Project.
“The youth of our country and boxing are things that are very precious to me and this is what motivated me to partner with APFC on this event. I couldn’t think of anything better that watching a couple of spectacular fights and then presenting a charity with a cheque afterwards, said Ngesi.
Co-owner of APFC, Mike Mouneimne, will be doing his bit for charity by stepping into the ring for the first time in 12 years, against fellow martial arts stalwart, Bruce van Rensburg of Samurai Martial Arts.
“It’s been ages since I have fought and nothing could be a better motivator than raising money for kids in need. I am looking forward to meeting Bruce in the ring and having the fight community come together to do some good,” said Mouneimne.
About Fight for Change
Fight for Change is a charity boxing event co produced by Jess and Mike Mouneimne of APFC and Siv Ngesi Productions. The event takes place on 15 June, at Tsogo Sun, Cape Sun. Doors open at 18:00. Tickets from R200. To book a ticket contact Mike 082 660 2129