Moyo, Zip Zap and Auc­tion Al­liance join forces for good in a ‘night to re­mem­ber’

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IT WAS a night to re­mem­ber, but this time it was due to the im­pact on 10 chil­dren’s lives rather than just the en­ter­tain­ment and food.

Ten chil­dren who have dili­gently trained and per­formed un­der the Zip Zap tent in Cape Town were se­lected to open and close at the world’s most pres­ti­gious cir­cus and ac­ro­batic event – Cirque De De­main in Paris. The event will take place from Jan­uary 26 to 29, and, although their board and lodg­ings, are cov­ered, they are re­quired to pay for the air­fare and ship­ping of equip­ment.

“Just three weeks ago this cost of R100 000 seemed be­yond at­tain­able,” said auc­tion­eer Ariella Kuper.

“To see the pot of gold at the end of the rain­bow and then be told you can­not have it must be heart wrench­ing. Zip Zap, Moyo Blou­berg and Auc­tion Al­liance pulled to­gether in record time to of­fer 70 key guests din­ner, an auc­tion and a brief Zip Zap show on the Big Bay beach­front. Added to this, 16 gen­er­ous spon­sors do­nated ex­cep­tional items to help raise the much-needed funds.”

On the night, Kuper mean- dered t hrough t he din­ner ta­bles while guests sipped Pon­gracz that never stopped flow­ing – cour­tesy of Moyo. Items that fell un­der Kuper’s gavel in­cluded a Richard Scott orig­i­nal art­work; Thula Thula and Samara game lodge get­away pack­ages; a Heath Nash origi- nal chan­de­lier; tick­ets to Josh Groban’s show; and the top prize, which fetched R26 000, was a din­ner for eight peo­ple with Peter Tem­ple­hof of Cell a r s Ho­heno r t , who was re­cently awarded Grand Chef sta­tus at the Re­lais & Chateau Lis­bon awards.

As the numbers were tal­lied and a re­mark­able R119 000 was reached, the guests broke into ap­plause. Richard Scott sud­denly stood up and of­fered an art­work worth R40 000 to make sure t hese chil­dren didn’t merely reach their dream but could have some­thing ex­tra left in the kitty. Twenty-two peo­ple stood up and pledged R1 000 each as their way of con­tribut­ing, and a raf­fle was drawn.

“A to­tal of R141 000 raised in just 30 min­utes. Char­ity must be the most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Kuper, beam­ing from ear to ear.

TAL­ENTED: Zip Zap Cir­cus per­form­ers with The Par­lotones and Paul Du Toit.

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