AWARD-winning South African comedian Loyiso Gola is the star host of this Saturday’s gala dinner to launch the charitable foundation of his compatriot and Crystal Palace midfielder, Kagisho Dikgacoi, at The Guoman Tower Hotel in London.
The Eagles star and South Africa international has set up the Kagisho Dikgacoi Foundation (KDF) to provide youngsters in his home country with opportunities for better life chances through education and sport.
Gola, the deep-voiced, towering funnyman behind the success of the political satire show Late Night News on South African television, is fast carving a name for himself on the international circuit. This year alone, Gola appeared at both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and the Montreal Comedy Festival in Canada.
Using sport as its drawcard, Dikgacoi’s foundation aims to address social ills affecting young people, such as homelessness, and promote access to education, community building and social inclusion. Its programmes are designed to raise physical fitness and personal confidence and also equip young people with skills to engage in sustainable self-help projects.
“Our mission is to provide opportunities for young people below the age of 19 to participate in positive life experiences and to equip them with the tools to make better and more informed choices while empowering them to have a better future,” foundation spokesperson Lerato Molaba said.
“We will provide a platform where issues such as education, enterprise, health, fitness, self-esteem, and confidence are integrated into the frontline delivery of our programmes. The vision and values of the foundation are care, diversity, responsibility and transparency,” she added.
The foundation will work in partnership with the private sector, local government authorities and non-profit organisations across South Africa to ensure delivery of its objectives in the recipient communities. Molaba urged individuals to get involved and support the foundation’s vision to develop and deliver sustainable projects to the youth and homeless children of South Africa.
The foundation will deliver its programmes through four interlinked sectors. The KDF Sports Programme will implement a football tournament where one outstanding young player will be chosen to go for trials in Europe.Advertisement
The Work in the Community Programme will encourage communities and leaders to get involved in the programmes by engaging with the homeless and disadvantaged children through sport and assisting them to get their education.
A Scholarship Fund will provide school fees and upkeep for at least ten under-privileged children, particularly homeless children who aspire to return to school and complete their education.
Lastly, the KDF Enterprise Fund will sponsor one sustainable entrepreneurial project annually. The programmes are envisaged to draw widespread participation among the youth, which will encourage social cohesion and dissuade them from engaging in criminal activities.
“We will also accept corporate donations where companies can choose to sponsor specific events in our calendar and their logos will be displayed on the KDF website,” Molaba said.
To get involved please follow KDF on Twitter @kdfoundation1 or by visiting the website www.kagishodikgacoi.org. For Corporate and Media enquiries please Conrad on +44 74 1111 0426