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© Sibulele Mabusela
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Roundtable holds event in celebration of charity

By Rhea MacDonald
and Michaela Weiffenbach

Roundtable hosted their black tie 101 event for charity on Saturday evening at Prime, with local business leaders attending. The event was focused on celebrating local businesses that have donated funding to Roundtable to help in many areas around Grahamstown.

“We are here tonight to give back to the people that have given so much to the community,” said Andrew Todd, Chairperson of Roundtable. “You are the ones that take the step back. You inspire us to do the work that we do.”

Prizes were awarded throughout the night to local business, ranging from family photo shoots to spa certificates to vacation packages.

The grand prize of a R15000 travel voucher was awarded to Clint Lock, who admitted he was “ecstatic” with the prize, adding that he could “take his family away for a nice holiday”.

“This event has been outstanding. The setting is something you would see in Jo’burg or Cape Town. It’s been great,” Lock said.

The theme of the event was ‘The Oscars’ with a red carpet leading into the venue, paparazzi-style photographers at the door, and a three-course meal served.

Jono Davy, the Second Chairperson, explained how Roundtable has been able to raise a large amount of money thanks to the support from Grahamstown businesses.

Leslie Van der Merwe who organised the event along with his wife, Leanne, noted that Roundtable has not been able to hold the event since 2007 as they haven’t had the funding required to rent a venue. He thanked Mynhardt Van Dyk, the manager of Prime for generously donating the venue to them for the evening.

The work of Roundtable and their donators has had a great impact on Grahamstown.

“We have helped numerous organisations make a difference in the community, raising a total of R280 000 in the past five years,” said Andrew Todd.

For more information about Roundtable, visit their website.

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