By Sebastian Sandenbergh
The Student HIV/Aids Resistance Campaign (SHARC) recently hosted their largest and most successful fundraising event of the year, helping to raise roughly R120 000 for local HIV/Aids charities. SHARC’s Benefit Concert, held on August 9, featured major attractions including the Soweto String Quartet and UBOM! The First Physical Theatre Company. Big-name local art works were auctioned off, including prints by famed cartoonist Zapiro and revered artist William Kentridge, one of whose prints sold for a staggering R25 000. The auction alone raised R74 000. The funds are to be equally distributed between The Raphael Centre and The Jabez Centre. SHARC has since teamed up with Habitat for Humanity in order to build desperately needed facilities for these centres.
SHARC media representative, Tracey Daniel said, “I think that it was a success because we tried to appeal to the whole of Grahamstown, not just the students. This way we were able to make more money and create more awareness. HIV/Aids is a very real issue in South Africa. I think that more and more people are starting to see the effects of this epidemic, and this is prompting them to act.”