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