MTN BUSHFIRE Donates ZAR 63,000 to Gone Rural BoMake!
MTN BUSHFIRE has once again donated 100% of merchandise proceeds to Gone Rural BoMake. ZAR 63, 012.50 was raised at the 2012 festival, bringing MTN BUSHFIRE’s total donations to the non-profit to ZAR 163, 000 over a period of 3 years. The cheque was presented during Gone Rural’s 20th anniversary celebration last Friday at House on Fire.
Jiggs Thorne, Director of the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival states that “We are committed to evolving each year towards providing a relevant platform for positive social change through the arts. The overwhelming support of our sponsors, partners, the public and the media affirms our efforts and for that we are grateful.”
Gone Rural BoMakeassists rural Swazi women and their communities with information & infrastructure development, addressinghealth, education and social concerns, impacting more than 10,000 people in 52 villages. “The festival has become the biggest fundraiser for our organisation, so it is with immense gratitude that we embrace this partnership and we would like to once again thank MTN BUSHFIRE for their continuing support throughout the years”states Shelley Belohrad of Gone Rural BoMake.
With more than 17,000 people in attendance, the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival 2012 was the largest and most diverse yet. Held from 25 to 27 May 2012 on Malandela’s farm in Swaziland, the festival successfully fused revelry with social responsibility and consciousness-raising dialogue.
While 100% of merchandise proceeds go to Gone Rural BoMake, 100% of the festival’s profits go NGO Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme that assists Swaziland’s orphan families to stay together by funding essentials such as food and clothing. MTN BUSHFIRE & partners have donated over E553 000 since 2007 and the festival will once again be donating 2012 festival earnings at a date to be later confirmed.
Preparations are already underway for next year’s MTN BUSHFIRE festival which will be held from 31 May to 2 June 2013.
MTN BUSHFIRE 2012
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Official Photographers - Bram Lanmers and Sydelle Willow-Smith