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By unknown | Aug 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Victor Mecoamere

Victor Mecoamere

Mogale City's citizens are encoura ged to support a fundraising campaign aimed at financing a liver transplant for baby Thandile Madikane, whose mom Felicity, cannot afford it.

Baby Thandile is suffering from Biliary Atresia, a chronic, progressive liver problem that becomes evident shortly after birth.

Bile accumulates until the liver becomes damaged and subsequently affects vital body functions.

While Mayor Koketso Sea- rane's municipality has injected R50000 into the establishment of the Baby Thandile Trust Fund, about R500000 is needed to give the two-year-old girl a new lease on life.

Searane's spokesman, Bongani Gaeje, is delighted that celebrities are also donating. He said singer Nhlanhla Nciza donated R5000.

"Municipal manager Dan Mashitisho has also given R8000," Gaeje said this week.

But he has been bowled over by the kind gesture of a group of young Mogale City residents, the Our Lady of Peace drama cast.

They are based in and operate from Kagiso and are parishioners of the local Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church.

Led by Kutlo Maseko and Ofentse Jankie, the young drama group hopes to raise R12 000 a night by staging the anti-abortion play If Only I Had Known. Tickets for this good cause are R100 a person at the 120-seater Krugersdorp Centenary Hall on September 2, 3, 4 and 9.

"We have also planned a matinee for pupils at the same venue on September 9 at 1pm because we want to involve our fellow youths in meaningful developmental community work," Maseko said.

If Only I Had Known deals with the fateful crisscrossing circumstances of four girls who realise the folly, futility and dire consequences of promiscuity, unprotected sex and forsaking their elders' teachings about virtue.

Jankie, the musical director of If Only I Had Known, said: "We also hope to make some money from advertising on the show's brochure, which will be given to each patron.

"We need as much money as possible, because, while about R300000 is still required for the operation, Baby Thandile and her contract worker mom will need funds for medication to help her body keep the new organ," Jankie said.

Maseko, who directed and wrote the play with Tumi Kganyago, was joined by Jankie in rallying everyone to support the Baby Thandile Madikane Trust Account: FNB, branch code - 255 005, account number - 6217 855 2454.

For more information call Maseko on 082-715-0777 or Jankie on 076-017-4183.


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