Starfish Dinners of Hope

9 May 2005

The Starfish Greathearts Foundation is challenging South Africans – along with individuals from around the world – to host a dinner in their own homes to raise funds for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/Aids.

Over 13 000 people from 17 countries took part in the Starfish Dinners of Hope in 2004, raising over R800 000.

This enabled Starfish to give nearly 2 000 children nutritional, primary care giver and educational support in the communities of Alexandra (Gauteng), Kwa-Ncgolozi (KwaZulu-Natal), Grassroots (Mpumulanga) and the rural area served by Gcinosapho Outreach (Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu-Natal).

According to Starfish’s Lucille Onofri, the charity aims to raise R1-million by December.

“This is your event”, Starfish says on its website. “Host a dinner at your home, book a restaurant, have a picnic, throw a party. Invite two people or two hundred. Where and how you dine is up to you.

“Encourage your guests to make a contribution, and the money you raise will help to secure the future of orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.”

For more information, visit Starfish Dinners of Hope. reporter

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