Gratitude and Celebration: Highlights from our Successful Lalela Benefit



December 28 February, 2024

Above: Our Elle showing off the exquisite Lalela Scarf at the Lalela Benefit lunch.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who joined us for the successful Lalela Benefit held at The Yard at the V&A Waterfront. Your generous support truly makes a difference, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

 Our South African Lalela Benefit luncheon welcomed over a hundred guests, with many of them having participated in a prior Lalela art workshop, guided by our seasoned facilitators Siyolisi and Simamkele. The event featured entertaining performances by our talented Lalela alumna Mbali, as well as Lady Felicity and the Trumpets who inspired guests to get on their feet and dance to the vibrant music.

Guests actively participated in the live event, demonstrating their support for sustaining our after-school programmes. Additionally, the benefit also served as an opportunity to raise awareness about the work that we do, amplifying the value of educational arts for youth. Lalela’s Executive Director, Firdous Hendricks, shared insights into the organisation’s mission and impact, to the engaged audience at the lunch.

Above: It was a lively atmosphere at the Lalela Benefit held at The Yard Restaurent.

The Lalela Scarf

The Lalela Scarf team were very busy on the day and many guests indulged in purchasing the luxurious scarf. The Lalela Scarf is adorned with unique one-of-a-kind designs created from original artworks by Lalela learners. Its profits directly benefit our organisation, enabling us to continue running our programmes.

Another successful Lalela alumnus, Simphiwe Bendle, had his beautiful printed artworks on display. Bendle, who participated in Lalela’s after-school programmes from primary school right through to high school, is living proof of the productive impact of the educational arts. Bendle is now a successful entrepreneur, selling his artworks at several outlets in Cape Town. Read his story here

Thank you for your generosity!

Your generosity enables Lalela to sustain our educational arts after-school programmes for youth in under-resourced areas in the Western Cape, Maboneng in Johannesburg, and Zimbabwe. Through art, we cultivate creative and critical thinking skills, nurture curiosity, resilience, and self-mastery. Our programmes enable learners to excel academically, establish meaningful life goals, pursue fulfilling careers, and emerge as leaders and engaged citizens.

Lalela CEO and Founder Andrea Kerzner: “I  truly appreciate the support of both longstanding Lalela champions and new supporters who showed up to learn more about the organisation, during a very busy week in Cape Town. A  huge thanks to BMW for sponsoring the event, which was enjoyed by everyone who attended!”

Thank you to our sponsors:

 Camp Canoe,  Juditha Sakinofsy, Renee de Wit, Aspire Auctions, The Hydro Stellenbosch, Dala, Boschendal, AAFRICAA, The Athletic Club & Social, Beneville Studios, Newmark Hotels, Fyn Restaurant, Brundyn Arts and Culture, the Kirsh Foundation, the Bertha Foundation, Dorp Hotel, and Solutions Strategists.


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Your generosity makes it possible for Lalela’s educational arts programmes to create meaningful change that affects thousands of at-risk children in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Your generosity makes it possible for Lalela’s educational arts programmes to create meaningful change that affects thousands of at-risk children in Sub-Saharan Africa.



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