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July 31, 2013

Uthando South Africa Gives Back to Communities with Responsible Tourism Award Prize

The Betterchoice Gumboot dancers in their brand new uniforms, which Uthando South Africa donated to them as part of its City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism Responsible Award.

Uthando South Africa, the innovative non-profit organisation, has been spreading the love and warmth this chilly season in Cape Town, as they distributed uniforms and an educational grant to their beneficiaries, Betterchoice Gumboots and Dance for All, on Saturday 27 July, 2013.

The charitable organisation won the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism Responsible Tourism Award as voted by members of the national and international tourism industry at the Tourism Indaba in Durban in May 2013. Their prize was a substantial R 20 000.00

Braving the rain and wind, Cape Town Tourism accompanied Uthando to visit the recipient projects and see first-hand the charities would be receiving the award money.

The Betterchoice Gumboots Dance Project, based in the vibrant community of Khayelitisha, enthusiastically received their new bright navy blue dancing uniform. Keen to show off their new gear and dance moves, the group performed a thrilling set for their captivated audience at the Thokozani Youth Development Centre.

A short drive later, we arrived at the Dance for All studios in Athlone and were fortunate to get a sneak preview of rehearsals for the school’s major fundraising showcase, which will be held at the Artscape Theatre on Saturday 3 August, 2013.

The talented students of Dance for All,which was award an educational grant as part of the Uthando South Africa Responsible Tourism Award.

The Dance for All instructors received an educational grant for one of their gifted children.

James Fernie, Uthando South Africa’s director, is thrilled about the Responsible Tourism Award and what his organisation has been able to do with the prize money : “Uthando is enormously grateful for the incredible support from so many people in the tourism industry. These initiatives are providing life changing opportunities for these children.”

For more information about Uthando South Africa, please visit www.uthandosa.org.

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