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Music festival aids children's home

THE biggest challenge facing Orlando Children's Home in Soweto is that they do not have chief donors.

The home has to raise 49percent of the money it needs every month.

According to the home's 2009 financial year it costs them R100 a day to provide every child with accommodation, nutrition, schooling and more .

But things are set to change for the better for the home as the charity Vodacom Unlimited Festival, taking place today at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, aims to come to its rescue.

"We get a 51percent government subsidy but we still have to raise 49percent of the funds to keep running," said the home's director, Mirriam Mazibuko.

The home has 60 children. The youngest is a six weeks old baby and the oldest 22.

About 20percent of the children in the baby unit are HIV positive. She said the home had lost three children to the disease.

The idea to have a charity event came about when DJ Black Coffee visited the home several weeks ago.

Tickets to the festival are R100 and are available at Computicket. All proceeds will be donated to the home.

Music lovers can look forward to a great line-up, which includes Black Coffee, Culoe De Song, Liquideep, DJ Christos, Tim White and Louie Vega, among others.

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