Co­me­di­ans, po­ets fundraise for pre-term ba­bies

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

Wa­tora Mari, Wa­tora Md­hara Vachauya. CO­ME­DI­ANS and po­ets from around the world have come to­gether to raise funds for pre-term ba­bies through a po­etry and com­edy slam be­ing held in Bu­l­awayo.

Pre-term birth, also known as pre­ma­ture birth, is the birth of a baby at less than 37 weeks ges­ta­tional age. Zim­babwe is among the 10 coun­tries with the high­est yearly rate of preterm ba­bies in the world at 16 per­cent ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The show to be held on Septem­ber 10 at Hope Cen­tre in Bu­l­awayo will be a part­ner­ship be­tween Umahlek­isa Com­edy Club, Lol En­ter­tain­ment, Ro­tary Club Mato­pos and the Baby He­roes Africa Foun­da­tion.

Per­form­ers will in­clude Amy from Harare, Leme from Tan­za­nia and Blaz­ing Sane from Bu­l­awayo with co­me­di­ans – Umahlek­isa di­rec­tor Ntando Van Moyo and Chris­tian co­me­dian Du­misani “Maforty” Ndlovu.

En­trance to the event has been pegged at $3 for ad­vance tick­ets and $5 at the door. Peo­ple are also be­ing en­cour­aged to do­nate NAN for­mula 1, methy­lated spirit, cot­ton wool, Pampers small size and baby clothes to the cause.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, Ntando Van Moyo, said: “Our vi­sion is to in­crease the chances of long term sur­vival of chil­dren born pre­ma­turely while con­tribut­ing to the on­go­ing im­prove­ment of ma­ter­nal health in Africa.

“This is our small way of sup­port­ing the cause,” said Van Moyo.

“Ev­ery­one has some­one who they know, ei­ther a friend or rel­a­tive who has had a preterm baby. It’s very im­por­tant for peo­ple to mo­bilise re­sources to help some moth­ers who can’t af­ford to take care of their ba­bies who’re faced with such a prob­lem.

“There’re some ba­bies who suf­fer from stunted growth and some who die be­cause they lack ba­sic care. All those who can come for­ward with do­na­tions are more than wel­come. We’re look­ing at rais­ing $400 from the show,” said Van Moyo.

Di­a­mond Plat­inumz and JahPrayzah

Ntando Van Moyo

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