Gala to hon­our Amy Biehl

Foun­da­tion aims to raise R1.2 mil­lion for un­der­priv­i­leged

Cape Argus - - METRO - SUKAINA ISHMAIL sukaina.ishmail@inl.co.za

THE Amy Foun­da­tion, for­mally known as the Amy Biehl Foun­da­tion, will host a gala din­ner to­mor­row to mark its 25 years in ex­is­tence.

Amy Biehl, an Amer­i­can Ful­bright scholar, was killed on Au­gust 25, 1993, in Gugulethu af­ter drop­ping off a friend.

Her car was stoned and Biehl was stabbed to death.

Her killers were later con­victed, but in a heart-wrench­ing mo­ment of for­give­ness, her par­ents reached out to the killers, started the foun­da­tion and upon their re­lease of­fered them skills and jobs.

“It has been 25 years since her death and we pay trib­ute to Miss Biehl, who helped with bring­ing about change in South Africa.

“The Amy Foun­da­tion, be­ing a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, was founded by her par­ents to com­mem­o­rate Amy and her de­vo­tion to the coun­try,” the foun­da­tion said.

It re­called Nel­son Man­dela’s words on Septem­ber 23, 1998, when he ac­cepted the Con­gres­sional Gold Medal, “Among those we re­mem­ber to­day is young Amy Biehl. She made our as­pi­ra­tions her own and lost her life in the tur­moil of our tran­si­tion, as the new South Africa strug­gled to be born in the dy­ing mo­ments of apartheid.

“Through her, our peo­ples have also shared the pain of con­fronting a ter­ri­ble past, as we take the path to­wards the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion and heal­ing of our na­tion.”

The Amy Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to make pos­i­tive changes in the lives of

young South Africans, while up­lift­ing var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties and schools.

The 13th an­nual Amy Foun­da­tion Gala Din­ner, It’s a kind of Magic!, will be held to­mor­row at the Cen­tury City Con­fer­ence Cen­tre from 7pm un­til 10pm.

Per­for­mances at the event will fea­ture Vicky Samp­son, Larry Sof­fer, Chas­ing Time, The Black Ties.

The 140 Amy Foun­da­tion Per­form­ing

Arts pupils will also put on a per­for­mance, di­rected by Aviva Pel­ham, as­sisted by Roxy Levy and chore­ographed by Paul John­son.

Soli Phi­lan­der will be the host for the evening.

The Amy foun­da­tion raised ap­prox­i­mately R1 mil­lion at the Amy Foun­da­tion Spring Ball last year that reached 2 000 young chil­dren.

The din­ner aims to raise R1.2m this

year to­wards an af­ter-school cen­tre.

Joey Burke will host an auc­tion in­clud­ing a Euro­pean cruise cour­tesy of Uni­world, game re­serve pack­ages and var­i­ous oth­ers.

This will hope­fully en­cour­age guests to do­nate funds that will as­sist the af­ter-school project and skills de­vel­op­ment among the youth.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see: www. amy­foun­da­tion.co.za.

DAVID RITCHIE/African News Agency (ANA)

AMY Biehl’s mother, Linda, with Avile Peni, daugh­ter of one of Biehl’s killers (Nto­beko Am­brose Peni). |

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