Ma­jal­isa, Jeys, Sulu and ‘VG’ to raise $50k for li­brary

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

SOUTH Africa’s Pa­tri­cia Ma­jal­isa along­side lo­cals Jeys Mara­bini, Su­lumani Chim­betu and gospel mu­si­cians Ve­laphi “VG” Gumbo have been roped in by the Bu­l­awayo Pub­lic Li­brary Braille de­part­ment to raise $50,000 to­wards its re­fur­bish­ment.

Be­fore the Fri­day show there will be a fundrais­ing din­ner at the Small City Hall from 6PM to 8PM. Tick­ets for a ta­ble of 10 have been pegged at $200 for cor­po­rates, for cou­ples it will cost $15 and in­di­vid­u­als $20. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able at the Bu­l­awayo Pub­lic Li­brary. For those who want to at­tend the mu­sic con­cert tick­ets will cost $5 at the door.

The night will have a dose of gospel mu­sic as VG, Kira and up and com­ing mu­si­cian Nyasha Kadaka will belt out tunes. This will be be­fore Jeys, Sulu and Ma­jal­isa take over later on in the night.

South Africa’s disco queen, Ma­jal­isa, said she was hon­oured to be a part of help­ing raise funds for the vis­ually im­paired.

“I’m do­ing this show for free so that I help peo­ple who are less priv­i­leged. I’ll be in Zim­babwe on Thurs­day to meet up with the or­gan­is­ers and hope­fully on Fri­day peo­ple will come in their num­bers to help raise the funds that they des­per­ately need,” said Ma­jal­isa.

Jeys said he was ea­ger to help the less priv­i­leged to have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties like any­one else.

“They asked us to help them with hold­ing the show and I obliged. This is very im­por­tant be­cause this money will help in fur­ther­ing the ed­u­ca­tion of the vis­ually im­paired as this is their con­sti­tu­tional right,” said Jeys. The Braille Li­brary co-or­di­na­tor Kil­lion Dube said he feared the sec­tion could be

closed if re­sources are not sourced soon. “We want to try to raise the funds to buy books and an em­bosser for our vis­ually im­paired learn­ers in the city. The books are out of date hence im­ped­ing on their ed­u­ca­tion and I fear that maybe it (the li­brary) will be closed one day. We hope peo­ple can come and help us in this wor­thy cause,” said Dube. If they man­age to raise the $50,000, he said, they can buy a Braille em­bosser, com­put­ers and Brai l le pa­per boxes amongst other items for the li­brary. -@bon­ganinkunzi

Pa­tri­cia Ma­jal­isa Jeys Mara­bini Su­lumani Chim­betu

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