“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.” ~ Disraeli
Gerald Clark in collaboration with Fokofpolisiekar, Valiant Swart, Heinz Winckler, Theo Crous, Luna Paige, Natasha Meister and Guy Collins is raising funds for children with fetal alcohol syndrome on Sunday 4 May at the Barnyard Theatre in Willowbridge. Gerald and friends have decided to pitch in and host an all-star fundraiser concert for this worthy cause.
Last year Gerald decided that he would like to give back to the community and has now found a way to do this – combined with his love of horses which he has had since infancy:
“I observed the amazing results of the interaction between horses and the FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) children. The one little girl, Abigail, stood out for me in particular. Abigail was born prematurely and was so heavily affected by FAS that the doctor predicted she would never be able to walk. I was there during a session when she was put on a horse and within a few minutes I could see her orientating herself and getting interested in her surroundings. The other day I saw her running around, dancing and laughing; she is now three years old and only four months behind the developmental phases of a normal child.”
The FASt Forward Fund’s main aim is to send young FAS-sufferers to programmes where they will be able to work with ponies and horses. These children (between the ages of one and six) are at a developmental stage where they stand to gain most from working with ponies and horses on both a physical and cognitive level.
Riding can, however, be beneficial to almost anyone with any kind of special needs. Aside from the physical benefits of improved balance, posture, muscle tone and joint flexibility, it also develops attention span, reasoning skills, memory retention and a host of other cognitive functions.
The event will have the twin benefits of assisting children in need at the same time as offering an all-star line-up from some of South Africa’s top musicians.
MC Pietman will host the evening and make sure that attendees are entertained between band performances.
We would like to thank Jade & Velvet for sponsoring the event.
Date: Sunday, 4 May
Venue: Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge
Time: Doors open 18h30, show starts at 20h00
Address: Carl Cronje Dr, Cape Town, 7530
Bookings: 021 914 8898
Tickets: R 150
Social media links:
FASt Forward Fund Facebook page