Nationally acclaimed multiple award winning actress and producer, Lilian Dube is celebrating her 70th birthday this year by launching the Celebrities for Good Causes Foundation. In partnership with IFA, a division of Clientele Life, the Foundation’s first initiative aims to donate 70 000 pairs of school shoes to children from communities in all 9 provinces.
Lillian explains, “The 70 000 National School Shoes project is just the beginning of what we intend to become an annual initiative under the Celebrities for Good Causes Foundation. The basis of the organisation is to encourage South African celebrities to utilise their positive influences and networks under one banner to better the lives of those in need. To date we have already secured 25 000 pairs of school shoes.
There are so many people in desperate need for help in our country and yet their cries for assistance often go unheard. I am also aware that there are a number of high profile individuals and celebrities who would love to lend a hand and make a difference in the lives of these individuals, but do not have the time or resources to make a meaningful contribution. It is for these reasons that I have taken the initiative to establish the Celebrities for Good Causes Foundation, in which all celebrities from the arts, sports and related fields come together in an effort to make a difference and fulfil their philanthropic aspirations.”
According to Lillian, the decision to donate school shoes as the inaugural project was an obvious choice when considering that many of our children living in rural communities often walk to school barefoot on dangerous terrain for kilometres, to fetch clean water or when seeking medical help.