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Cirque du Soleil: Book Tix in London for Zip Zap Circus (S Africa) Benefit/FEB 8th, 2007!

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  • Janet Feldman
    From: Laurence Esteve & Brent van Rensburg Co-Founders & Trustees Zip Zap, School of Circus Arts Cape Town, South Africa Tel: +27 21 551 9901 Fax: +27 21 551
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 31 10:46 AM
      Laurence Esteve & Brent van Rensburg
      Co-Founders & Trustees
      Zip Zap, School of Circus Arts
      Cape Town, South Africa
      Tel: +27 21 551 9901
      Fax: +27 21 551 0901
      E-mail: info@...

      Dear Friends,

      Time has come to pull up your sleeves and book your tickets to see Cirque du Soleil's Alegria in London at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 8 February 2007.
      By seeing this amazing performance you will help Zip Zap Circus, as the proceeds will go towards our building funds as well as our Training of Social Circus Instructors.

      You can check out Cirque du Soleil link to order tix:
      If you know people who would be interested, please forward them this email. There will be a lucky draw amongst the buyers to fly to Cape Town ....So pick up your phone, and book your ticket directly with the Royal Albert Hall on +44 (0)20 78383122, quoting Zip Zap and Feb 8.
      Thank you so much for your help, your time and your support. See you in London. Please let me know if you need any further information
      Kind regards
      Cirque du Soleil donates tickets to organizations providing assistance to youth at risk, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales supporting their work with young people.

      Zip Zap is very pleased to be able to benefit from the generous support of Cirque du Soleil for the fifth time on February 8, 2007.

      Zip Zap is a non-governmental organization in South Africa which uses the circus as a means to address social, economic and personal issues. While struggling to establish a permanent venue in Cape Town for its classes, workshops and performances, Zip Zap has still managed to reach hundreds of children and thousands of audiences locally and abroad during its 14 years of existence.

      Created before the first democratic election, Zip Zap has helped many young people achieve real social change. Today, with the help of various partners such as Cirque du Soleil, M�decins Sans Fronti�res, and the City of Cape Town, Zip Zap is working with children born HIV positive, receiving ARVs to improve their quality of life and to empower them to take control of their own destinies.

      The school doors are open to all youth regardless of background, culture, gender or financial status. The school is free of charge to all students. Using circus as a social tool Zip Zap aims at bringing children together in a safe and fun environment. Performing skills and teaching skills as well as technical training (sewing, welding, rigging, prop building and repairs) will help them embark on a path of sustainable living.

      But, more importantly, life values such as teamwork, discipline, trust, confidence and honesty will enable these children to become responsible adults.

      The School started in 1992 and has performed more than 500 shows in South Africa. They have also traveled to Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, Belgium, Holland and USA for various festivals. Zip Zap is very proud to have performers currently working professionally in USA & on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

      Even if producing professional circus artists is not the ultimate goal of the project, this has become a reality as the youth have embraced this opportunity, which has become a part of the success of this upliftment program.

      Zip Zap has been running various outreach programmes since 1994 with street children, rural children, and school children. At the beginning of 2005, the focus of their outreach programme is with children born HIV positive and receiving AntiRetroViral treatment at the Nolungile clinic in Khayelitsha, the biggest township of Cape Town. In conjunction with M�decins Sans Fronti�res, and to celebrate World AIDS Day on December 1, the group put on a performance with the core student group of Zip Zap.

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