Battle of the Witz to raise funds for needy children

Fuel2Grow, a child-focused fundraising initiative by NGO Ikamva Labantu, will have a quiz show called Battle of the Witz at the V&A Waterfront Amptitheatre on Saturday November 19, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The quiz show will see small teams of school children pitted against adults, including some celebrities, in a nail-biting battle to see who, in fact, is smarter.

The aim of the day is to raise funds for Fuel2Grow, which helps vulnerable children living in Cape Town’s townships.

The Fuel2Grow campaign currently provides holistic support for 150 children in Gugulethu through meals, school uniforms and stationery, additional support at home, at their schools and in their communities, and aftercare that includes sports, art activities and equipment; primary health screenings and academic support.

V&A Waterfront CEO David Green said: “A key focus for the V&A Waterfront has always been on providing leisure and entertainment activities for the entire family, so the Fuel2Grow Battle of Wits is a perfect fit for us. We are also proud to be a sponsor of the event because of the great work that Fuel2Grow does, and the difference this makes in the lives of less fortunate children.”

Battle of the Wits will be hosted by Katlego Maboe from Strictly Come Dancing and Expresso on SABC 3. He will be joined on stage by celebrity participants Michael Mol (Hello Doctor and Top Billing), Africa Melane (Cape Talk), Zolani (Freshlyground) and Danilo Acquisto (Good Hope FM and Afternoon Express). The celebs will each be placed in an adult team and these four teams will go up against kids from schools around Cape Town as well as some of the kids from the Fuel2Grow programme, in an extreme general knowledge battle.

There will be prizes for the winning teams as well as the audience participants throughout the day.

Katlego and the Fuel2Grow team will also be encouraging the audience and passers-by to donate to the Fuel2Grow campaign to help reach the R1.5 million goal by the end of the year. The day will finish off with a performance by Fuel2Grow supporters, Freshlyground.

The current focus for Fuel2Grow is to assist the Rainbow Centre after-school programme based in Gugulethu.

Nyasha Manjengenja, Fuel2Grow’s programme manager, said: “The landscape of a child’s academic future is determined by the opportunities, support and resources availed to them during their school-going years. Bearing this in mind, we have designed our programme to ensure that we are actively involved in providing holistic support to the children in our care. Fuel2Grow gives them access to resources, support services, and the motivation they need to fulfill their biggest dreams. We are looking forward to hosting Cape Town at the V&A on November 19 and can’t wait to see who truly is smarter. My money is on the kids!”

For more information, contact Adilia Joubert on adilia@mango-omc.com or 072 398 2525.