Raising the roof for Johannesburg Child Welfare


Words: Anti-Clockwise Consulting

Six of South Africa’s best-known comedians have come together to support Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW) at a comedy fundraiser, ‘Are you kidding me?’ on 23 September, 2015.

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For one night only, John Vlismas, Mark Banks, Mpho “Popps” Modikoane, Ndumiso Lindi, Daniel “Deep fried Man” Friedman and Tumi Morake will raise the roof at the Barnyard Theatre in Rivonia for JCW’s third annual comedy fundraiser. With the past two events receiving rave reviews, this event promises to be another hit event.

Asked why this line-up has given up its time to participate, also forfeiting performance fees, comedian Mark Banks stressed: “Child welfare is a very worthy cause. It needs as much money as possible in order to cover the extensive work it does. I am bringing some of my own items to put on auction on the night and I am talking to my dodgy famous friends like Bruce Fordyce, Dali Tambo and Isidingo’s Barker Haines aka Robert Whitehead, to give me items as well. If they don’t, I will simply help myself to something!

“I don’t support charities where money is not given to those who need it most and I know where JCW is concerned, money is reaching the right places.

“I would also urge people attending the event to bring something worth R1,000 or more to sell on what promises to be a fantastic, jam-packed evening, to swell the coffers so that JCW can continue the critical work they do and follow through on the programmes and initiatives they have in place.”

The primary sponsor of this 2015 event is OKI South Africa. Marketing manager, Greg Sellars, says that while the company supports a number of different charities, JCW is an extremely important entity to contribute to. “This is not something that is aligned with any particular strategy,” he explains. “This is simply our way of giving back.”

Seat bookings for 23 September can be done directly on JCW’s website, JhbChildWelfare.org.za, or by contacting Tracey Pitout: or 011 298 8500.

About Johannesburg Child Welfare
JCW’s work is of significant importance. Since its inception some 104 years ago, it has acted decisively to prevent maltreatment and promote child well-being. Protection of children is at its core but JCW also operates more broadly, more holistically. It safeguards, reaching into communities and families to make a fundamental beneficial impact in repairing and remedying our society. Children, in order to change, need the environment to change. Initiatives include the orphanages and places of safety it supports, holistic communal and family healing, addressing trauma and abuse and its Granny programme.

About OKI
Recognised across the globe, OKI offers a variety of world-class printing solutions designed to increase business productivity and reduce costs, while providing a low total cost of ownership. All of its printing solutions offer an effective mix of quality, performance, reliability and value, optimising processes. Over is 120 years’ experience in dealing with innovative technology, it has evolved into a company that offers cutting-edge technology, customised service and unrivalled support. Printacom Technologies is the sole authorised distributor of OKI printers and printer consumables in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa including the Southern African Development Countries (SADC) region. It recently launched its “Giving the Future” programme which encompasses multiple social responsibility initiatives, from child welfare to nature, education and animals.