MASERU — Stars from popular South African soapie Muvhango will dine with King Letsie III tomorrow during an SOS Children’s Village Lesotho fund-raising gala dinner.
Themba Nofemele who plays Ranthomeng, Lillian Dube and Muvhango’s creator, Duma KaNdlovu will be guests at the event at Lesotho Sun Hotel.
SOS Children’s Village national director Robert Tseuoa told the Weekender the gala dinner is part of a fund-raising campaign they are launching to help care for orphans in the country.
“We are currently caring for 800 orphans and we want to grow the number to 3 000 by 2013 hence establishing this campaign,” he said.
“The dinner is part of the fund-raising campaign we have initiated to sustain the existence of the Village.”
Tseuoa said they have organised events before but never in a long-term planned strategy.
“We have had fund-raising activities before but this time we have mapped a strategic plan with a series of activities that will help collect money for SOS Lesotho.”
Local jazz star Bhudaza will perform live alongside Mantilatilane Poets and Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation choir as part of the entertainment for the night.
Tseuoa said the South African actors will be used as ‘auction objects’ for attendees to bid a Saturday breakfast date.
“We will have the attendees of the dinner bidding to spend intimate time and have breakfast on Saturday with the stars. Money collected during the auction will be donated to SOS,” he said.
The national director said they were looking to attract more support and donations from local organisations and businesses.
“We want to motivate locals to take the responsibility of caring for orphans in the country,” he said.
SOS Children’s Village Lesotho is a member of SOS Kinderdoff International, the mother body of all SOS Children’s Villages found in 132 countries.
SOS Children’s Village Lesotho is operating in Maseru and Quthing and cares for 800 orphans.