Thabo Sefolosha of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder & IMBEWU present
An evening dedicated to building a brighter future for the children of South Africa.
SATURDAY - APRIL 13, 2013 - 7:00PM
By invitation only
Thunder Guard Thabo and wife Bertille Sefolosha are hosting their second annual international charity event “A Night for Africa,” on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. The event will host an elegant environment featuring a fashion show, silent auction of sports and other rare items, and great food from some of Oklahoma City's top cheifs. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $100,000 which can pay for enrolling more than 200 children and youth in the program, provide thousands of meals and build a basketball court as well as a soccer field.
In 2011, IMBEWU-Suisse and his new partner Thabo Sefolosha wanted to develop a YDS program in the township of Mamelodi, on the model of the Port Elizabeth project. As his father is native to Mamelodi, Thabo Sefolosha has witnessed the poor life conditions of the township and thus associated with IMBEWU-Suisse to help the children and youth to build themselves a brighter future.
Together, we will develop a well-defined local project, that will allow more than 150 children between 6 and 18 years old to take part in afterschool sports activities on a daily basis. We use sport as a tool to develop children’s leadership and life skills, and to improve their knowledge about social (crime, sexual abuse, environment) and health (HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, nutrition, hygiene) issues.
Change starts with you on April 13th, 2013
"HIV/Aids, violence, gangs, sexual abuses: the youth is constantly exposed to multiple risks..."
On the 27th February 2011, Thabo Sefolosha’s Night for Africa gathered more than 200 guests who made a commitment towards the underprivileged children of South Africa. The community of Oklahoma City connected with the township of Mamelodi and made possible the creation and development of Thabo’s project.
Following 2 field missions, the project was launched on the 1st September 2011 on the Rethabile Sports Ground: more than 150 children, girls and boys between 6 and 18 years old, coming from 6 partners schools in the township of Mamelodi, benefit from daily sports and educational activities. They are coached by 6 dynamic and motivated youth leaders coming from the same underprivileged areas who also receive trainings and counseling for their future.
Everyday on the field, our after-school program offers:
- Sport sessions with basketball, soccer, rugby, netball and olympic values
- Life skills and health awareness: HIV/Aids, drug and alcohol prevention
- Read & Write sessions for the youngest children
- Fund days, holiday camps and tournaments
- All supervised by 6 coaches acting as role models
Special Achievements in 2012:
- Renovation of the basketball pitch
- Construction of a security fence all around the Rethabile Sports Ground
- Organization of the first tournaments and holiday camps
- Improvement of the general education level of the children
Healthy Sport Activities
"...In the township of Mamelodi the majority of violent behaviors towards children are perpetrated after school hours because children have no secure place to go to..."
A Night For Africa 2011
2011 Event Photos
A very special thank you to all the generous people of Oklahoma City who have donated towards our cause.
"...Our program offers healthy activities and a safe
playground where to spend the afternoon."