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[afro-nets] Cirque du Soleil Benefit for HIV/AIDS-Affected Youth

Dear Friends,

This is a wonderful opportunity and a terrific cause...can't get better than 
that! Ticket sales have been slow this season, and Zip Zap is looking to sell 
at least another 30 tickets in the next 4-5 days. Please respond quickly in 

Thanks and best wishes to all, Janet (Feldman,

>From Zip-Zap:

Time has come to pull up your sleeves and book your tickets to see Cirque du 
Soleil's Varekai in London at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 2 February 2010.

By seeing this amazing performance you will help Zip Zap Circus, as the 
proceeds will go towards our outreach project, as well as our Training of 
Social Circus Instructors.

You can check out this Cirque du Soleil link to order tix:

If you know people who would be interested, please forward them this email.

You can also book your ticket directly with the Royal Albert Hall on +44 (0)20 
7589 8212, quoting Zip Zap and Feb 2.

Thank you so much for your help, your time and your support. See you in London. 
Please let me know if you need any further information!

Kind regards
Laurence Esteve

Cirque du Soleil donates tickets to organizations providing assistance to youth 
at risk, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales supporting their work with 
young people.

Zip Zap is a non-governmental organization in South Africa which uses the 
circus as a means to address social, economic, and personal issues. While 
struggling to establish a permanent venue in Cape Town for its classes, 
workshops and performances, Zip Zap has still managed to reach hundreds of 
children and thousands of audiences locally and abroad during its 14 years of 

Created before the first democratic election, Zip Zap has helped many young 
people achieve real social change. Today, with the help of various partners 
such as Cirque du Soleil, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the City of Cape Town, 
Zip Zap is working with children born HIV positive, receiving ARVs to improve 
their quality of life and to empower them to take control of their own 

The school doors are open to all youth regardless of background, culture, 
gender or financial status. The school is free of charge to all students. Using 
circus as a social tool, Zip Zap aims at bringing children together in a safe 
and fun environment. Performing skills and teaching skills as well as technical 
training (sewing, welding, rigging, prop building and repairs) will help them 
embark on a path of sustainable living.

But, more importantly, life values such as teamwork, discipline, trust, 
confidence and honesty will enable these children to become responsible adults.

The School started in 1992 and has performed more than 500 shows in South 
Africa. They have also traveled to Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, 
Australia, Belgium, Holland, Austria, China, Tanzania and USA for various 
festivals. Zip Zap is very proud to have performers currently working 
professionally in USA, in France, and on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

Zip Zap has been running various outreach programmes since 1994 with street 
children, rural children, and school children. The focus of their outreach 
programme is with children born HIV-positive and receiving ARV treatment at the 
Nolungile clinic in Khayelitsha, the biggest township of Cape Town. In 
conjunction with Médecins Sans Frontières, and to celebrate World AIDS Day on 
December 1, there is a performance with the core student group of Zip Zap.

Tel: +27 21 421 86 22, Fax: +27 86 517 4362
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