How the celebri­ties will be spend­ing their time on Man­dela Day

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WHAT the celebs are do­ing to mark Man­dela Day on Thurs­day: ROB VAN VU­UREN, co­me­dian: I’ll be busy drum­ming up sup­port for the char­i­ties I work with, in­clud­ing Friends of Chintsa and Rape Cri­sis Cape Town Trust. I’ll also be spend­ing time with in­terns from the Mag­net Theatre who have a spe­cial in­ter­est in stand-up com­edy. FANA MOKOENA, ac­tor, most re­cently in World War Z: I usu­ally go to Them­bisa to help kids there with their act­ing skills. I like to teach them about the im­por­tance of prepa­ra­tion be­fore you do a scene. It’s a small thing and it lit­er­ally takes about 67 min­utes. But it’s a les­son they will carry into their pro­fes­sional lives. ROBERT WHITE­HEAD, ac­tor, Isidingo: will be work­ing on set on Thurs­day, but will def­i­nitely be mak­ing a do­na­tion to the Turn­ing Point Home for boys, on be­half of my parish, St Ge­orge’s in Park­town.

IDEON LOTZ, ac­tor: I’ll be on a film set on Man­dela Day, but I con­trib­ute reg­u­larly to the Kidz­pos­i­tive char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion and to the pae­di­atric depart­ment at Groote Schuur Hos­pi­tal. I got in­volved with them dur­ing re­cent film­ing, and feel pas­sion­ately about th­ese causes. I will cer­tainly be

giv­ing time to them. TA­RINA PA­TEL, model and Bol­ly­wood ac­tress: Graça Machel told me re­cently that Madiba’s last wish is to see the com­ple­tion of the Nel­son Man­dela Hos­pi­tal. Many of our ba­bies and young chil­dren don’t have good health care so there is a high pre­mium on com­ple­tion of the hos­pi­tal. I will spend Man­dela Day at clin­ics teach­ing mothers the im­por­tance of health care charts, how to use them to mon­i­tor their child’s health, and to un­der­stand when they need to bring their

chil­dren to hos­pi­tal. LARA LIP­S­CHITZ, ac­tress and for­mer YO-TV pre­sen­ter, now ap­pear­ing in Jersey Boys: I will be spend­ing time at the Red Cross Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal on Man­dela Day. I will read to, play with and spend time with some of the chil­dren, and I hope that some of my fel­low cast mem­bers will join me. LEBO MASHILE, poet: I do a lot of work with young chil­dren with the Say No to Child Pornog­ra­phy cyber-safety cam­paign, and I’ll con­tinue this work in hon­our of Man­dela Day. Our kids in South Africa are re­ally bat­tling, and we’re not equip­ping them with the tools they need to face the world. My heart breaks when I think about that. JO-ANNE RICHARDS, author, most re­cently of The Imag­ined Child: I will be send­ing out des­per­ate ap­peals for fund­ing for the South African In­her­ited Dis­or­ders As­so­ci­a­tion, to en­sure that not all hope is lost of con­tin­u­ing an es­sen­tial pro­gramme of pri­mary preven­tion and care. The as­so­ci­a­tion has cre­ated a so­lu­tion to rad­i­cally re­duce birth de­fects – South Africa’s sec­ond-high­est cause of child death and dis­abil­ity.

JULY 13 2013

Lara Lip­s­chitz

Lebo Mashile

Jo-Anne Richards

Ta­rina Pa­tel

Rob van Vu­uren

Fana Mokoena

Robert White­head

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