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On Thursday 14th February love was in the air at Khazimula. Ardmore, our talented and internationally renowned ceramic neighbours in Lidgetton, presented Khazimula with a fantastic donation of R16,000.00. This is the start of a community relationship between Khazimula Childrens' Project, Ardmore Ceramics and Mavromac Fabrics to comemorate the life and inspired works of Wonderboy who died from AIDS in 2008. He was a talented artist and poet and poured his soul into his ceramic work under the guiding hand of Fee Halsted, the founder of Ardmore. Marguerite Mavros Macdonald, the founder of Mavromac, and Fee and her family have combined their creative skills to sow the story of Wonderboy into fabric. Khazimula is a home for 30 orphans and vulnerable children found roaming the streets of nearby towns and villages in the Midlands. The project began in 2007 and is ably steered by Mvuyo Ndenze and his team of angels who provide care, love and security to these children 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Front, Spongile Sikhosan (Wonderboy's fiance), 2nd row, Jonathan Berning (Ardmore), Claudia Khanyile (Wonderboy's Mum),
Marguerite Mavros Macdonald (Mavromac), Fee Halsted (Ardmore). Back, Father Mvuyo Ndenze (Principal of Khazimula).
Khazimula in the news
At the end of May 2012, three dedicated men, Oliver Burnett, Peter Combrink and Glenn Harrison undertook to cycle off road from Johannesburg to Scottburgh. The reason for the cycle was to raise awareness and funds for two KZN charities namely Khazimula and Sunfield HOme. In the case of Khazimula, Oliver's selected charity, the funds raised will go specifically towards new ablution blocks. At this stage it certainly looks like a reality that the funding for the ablution blocks will be in place in the not too distant future.
Click here to see two of the many thank you letters received from the children expressing their gratitude for the funds raised during "Ollie's Ride".