You can expect an exciting evening of classic cars, fine cuisine, entertainment and fashion at the Pretoria Country Club on Friday night. Fashion for a Brighter Future will be bringing the who’s who of South African fashion, socialites, political dignitaries and designers together in support and celebration of the Goodbye Malaria initiative.
Fashion for a Brighter Future is an event that is coordinated by Ergos, an establishment dedicated to supporting social development organisations and programmes. Pretoria native Nadine Rynners founded Ergos with the intention of using her extensive network of contacts in business to support charities that enhance the quality of life for many South Africans.
She co-directs the organisation with Edwin Mendoza, a former international fashion model and founder of VYA Productions. Goodbye Malaria is an initiative by African entrepreneurs who believe that African creativity can solve Africa’s problems. The initiative raises funds that go to the Global Fund and Roll Back Malaria to support on-the-ground malaria elimination programs in Mozambique such as spraying houses to protect families from the malaria-infected mosquitos.
“Malaria is a significant public health challenge in Africa and kills approximately 1.2 Million people per year,” says Allana Finley from Goodbye Malaria. “That’s one child every 60 seconds and more people in total than lung cancer with 91% of malaria deaths occurring in Africa, 86% of the deaths were in children under the ages of five years. This is an epidemic that we must fight together in order to save the future of our continent.”
Designers such as Kluk CGDT, C2 Carducci, Stefania Morland, Loin Cloth & Ashes by Anisa Mpungwe and Craig Port will be showcasing their latest collections. Goodbye Malaria who will showcase their shweshwe pyjama’s, bracelets and mashozi bear which are sold in an effort to fund the critical work that they do for rural homes in Mozambique that are plagued by Mosquitos.
Former Miss South Africa, Miss World Africa and top ten finalist for Miss Universe, Tatum Keshwar will host the evening alongside actor, businessman and current presenter for the home lifestyle, travel, and celebrity show Top Billing’s Nico Panagio.
> Tickets are on sale for R500 and include a free pair of Goodbye Malaria shweshwe pyjamas, which will assist in saving a life in your sleep.
> Log onto goodbyemalaria.com for more information or merchandise.
> You can follow Ergos on Twitter @ErgosSA #F4BF, or Goodbye Malaria @GoodbyeMalaria