Fundraising week

>> Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The past week has seen some extraordinary events taking place throughout Sweden. Star for Life arranged a number of fundraising events with the purpose of supporting Nkosi Mandela in the construction of a high school and medical clinic in Mvezo, South Africa. Through auctions and the successful brick-by-brick concept, Star for Life has managed to raise a total of 2 162 500 SEK for the projects in Mvezo.

On 21 October, Star for Life had the honour of hosting a gala dinner at the Grand Hôtel in Stockholm, the first event of the week. The evening offered great entertainment from the Star Choir and first-class food and drinks, in addition to interesting speeches and remarks from a number of speakers. The energy and enthusiasm of the Star Choir filled the dinner hall and ensured that no guest left without a part of South Africa in their hearts.

“To be part of taking the first steps in the building of a school in the village of Nelson Mandela, also known as ‘The Great Place’, is as touching as it is inspiring,” said Peter Janzon, Fundraising Manager, Star for Life. A celebrity auction was also held, generating a substantial amount of funds.

Dan Olofsson, Founder of Star for Life, and Nkosi Mandela, Chief of Mvezo, also participated in the European Development Days and met with a number of people, including HRH Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden.

The fundraising week continued with a gala at Konserthuset, Stockholm, on Saturday 24 October. Artists included, among others, Mikael Wiehe, Cyndee Peters, Dogge Doggelito & GLS Fight Life, and Edo Bumba. It was a truly memorable evening where artists and audience came together to create a fantastic atmosphere.

The week concluded with a gala dinner at Glasklart in Malmö, Sweden on Monday 26 October, where it seemed like it would never cease to rain. Before the gala dinner took place at the restaurant of Glasklart, the guests braved the weather and went to visit the exhibition of Nelson Mandela, the grandfather of Nkosi, at Malmö museum.

At Glasklart, Touch of Africa starring Swedish Triple & Touch and South African Star Choir, entertained on the stage while the three hundred guests mingled and chatted at the dinner tables.

All of a sudden the lights went out. For two hours it was almost pitch black in the hall. However, despite the lack of power, the Star choir managed to make a deep impact on the audience. With candle lights in their hands, the lights twinkled like little stars as the choir swayed rhythmically with strong and clear voices. Surely, they left no heart untouched with their music.

The evening ended with a successful auction raising a generous amount of funds for Mvezo. “I looked forward to the dinner in Malmö on 26th October. It is not everyday we can help to build a school in the village of Nelson Mandela,” said Sam Olofsson, Secretary General, Star for Life.

Star for Life would like to thank all of those who participated at these events for your support and generous contributions. A special thanks goes out to the sponsors of the events, and to all the people who have been working tirelessly in their efforts to make this happen. Together, we have initiated the process of uplifting Mvezo and your support is much appreciated.

The sponsors for the event at Sigmahuset where:
Briban Invest AB
Dan Olofsson
E.ON Sverige AB
Kent Widding Persson
Peab AB
Sten K Johnson
Swedbank AB
Sydtotal AB
Victoria Park AB

The sponsors for the event at Grand Hôtel where:
HDR Partners



>> Monday, October 19, 2009

The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between Star for Life and the Department of Health and Education in KwaZulu-Natal asserts our commitment to work closely with national government in countries where Star for Life is active.

”This is a breakthrough for Star for Life, enabling a wider implementation of the project in KwaZulu-Natal in order to contribute in the battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic”, say Christin and Dan Olofsson, founders of Star for Life.

This cooperation between Star for Life and the provincial government in KwaZulu-Natal ensures the sustainability of the project and affirms the success of the programme so far. We recognise the importance of positive relations with regional and national governments and this partnership is a significant step forward and will benefit the work of Star for Life in South Africa.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is proof of our commitment to work closely with Star for Life in combating HIV/AIDS in the province”, says Dr. Zweli Mkhize, Premier of Kwazulu-Natal.

Star for Life has established itself as a constructive and legitimate NGO in the province, and will continue to build relationships with both governments and representatives from the private sector.


Procivitas PC-mission

>> Thursday, October 15, 2009

Procivitas Privata Gymnasium has recently made a commitment to the Star for Life Programme. As result of this decision the school has established a scholarship to be awarded to students with ideas,dreams and ambitions connected to the programme.

This year it is Beatriz Montero and Christoffer Carlsson from Procivitas in Malmö who have received a scholarship for their idea – to donate used Procivitas laptops to a Star for Life school and then go down there, install them and, finally, hold a computer course for staff and students. They have called the project Procivitas PC-mission and are now appealing to companies in the Öresunds Region to donate laptops so that even more young South Africans can learn IT skills.

Is your company updating laptops this autumn? Want to donate your old ones to a good cause?

If so, contact us for more information:

Sven Göran Eriksson is a Star for Life ambassador and gave his support for the project at a meeting in Malmö


Update from the Star Choir on tour

>> Friday, October 9, 2009

The Touch of Africa tour is now in full swing and the Star Choir with Triple & Touch has already performed at six locations in Sweden. The intense schedule will take them all around Sweden and will finish with a grand concert at Konserthuset (Concert Hall) in Stockholm on 24 October. The audience has been absolutely fantastic and the energy of the choir has been a shining star in the cold Swedish autumn. Every concert has been very well received and we are getting very positive feedback from people in the audience. Here are some pictures from the concerts in Tibro (26/9) and Visby (02/10)."

Clip from the concert in Värnamo

Clip from Tibro


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