The Percy Bartley House Post

Incoming from Amy:

As you may know, I work at Ogilvy and over the past 6 months have been trying to get this amazing project approved and moving and finally its happening and I need your help. When we moved into Woodstock a few years ago we wanted to help uplift the area and therefore adopted Percy Bartley House as our un-official charity. PBH is an NGO operating out of an old home in the area which looks after troubled teen boys – those involved in petty crime or living on the streets – and aims to not only provide a home for the boys but to give them a second chance; whether that’s enrolling them in school or skills training, or teaching them life skills.

PBH is run-down and has lost its sense of life and colour. We’ve therefore collaborated with Write-on-Africa – a not for profit initiative also based in Woodstock, that mobilizes creativity in Africa for inspiration, social change and urban rejuvenation. We’re giving the home a new coat of paint, we’re planting a sustainable garden and we’re providing them with donations of linen, towels and furniture from our clients. However, most importantly, we’ve brought on a crew of well-known graffiti artists and illustrators (Faith47, black koki, mac1) to breathe new life into the home, making it a work of art which inspires the youth, while also getting them involved in the process and teaching them responsibility.

This after I saw this video yesterday featuring some of the kids they are helping and Farlane Nsinale – the Director and “Mom” of the house. It’s a great advert for the work they are doing there and the opportunities PBH is providing street kids who would otherwise be in a lot of trouble. It’s also evident that, like Farlane, Amy is extremely passionate about making a difference and it’s for these reasons that I am more than happy to help her – and them – out.
Back to Amy’s email:

I have initiated a fundraiser – selling tickets to a movie – Long Street – set in Cape Town, directed by well-known SA director, Revel Fox and starring his daughter – Sannie Fox – you may know her as lead singer from Machineri. I booked out a cinema at the Labia on Orange for opening night on Thurs Sept 23rd at 20h00 – 20h30.
See the facebook event link here.
Anyone who wants tickets (R50 each) just needs to email me here – I have 60 tickets left to sell.

That would be your safest option, but if you’re feeling lucky, we have 2 pairs of tickets for the opening night of Long Street to give away. To stand a chance of winning a pair of tickets, firstly make sure you are able to make it along (i.e. you will be in Cape Town and not doing anything else that evening) and then simply tweet this: “#PercyBartleyHouse”.

The winners will be drawn at random from entries at 21:00 on Monday evening, giving you enough time to plan your week accordingly. Judges decision is final etc etc.

I’m not expecting this to be quite as big as the #AfrihostRelaunch thing.
But I think that’s for the best, don’t you?

And well done to Amy and all those involved in making a difference at PBH.

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