Change A Life Concert hangs in balance

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THIS year’s edition of the Change A Life Concert hangs in the balance due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown that has put on halt entertainment and recreational activities, organisers of the event have said.
The charity event is held annually between August and October to support less-privileged people mainly in rural areas.

Previously, the event featured musicians such as South African rapper Nasty C, Nigerian star Davido and King98, among others.

Unlike other high-profile events that have resorted to digital means, Change A Life Concert organisers told the Daily News they cannot hold the event online as that would defeat its purpose.

“This year’s event looks highly unlikely due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures. There is no way we can host the event online as its main purpose is to generate funds for the benefit of the less privileged people in different parts of the country,” an official from the Alfred Dondo Foundation (ADF), Tracy Ngoma, said.

Instead, this year the organisation is focusing more on helping and adopting struggling people and last week adopted two Mt Darwin orphans — Sharon and Shelter Chirata — who sustained burns at a tender age after their house caught fire.

“The girls are among the people on our radar this year. We have paid for all their medical expenses as well as giving them some groceries. They are now part of the ADF family,” she said.

Founded in 2014, ADF is a non-profit organisation named after the late brother of Impala Car Rentals’ director 1Thomson Dondo — Alfred, who had a passion for humanitarian work.

It started off with 25 children.

“Now we have over 60 children that we are looking after and we are still counting. Apart from paying school fees up to tertiary level, we have also broadened our catchment area to include children with physical and mental challenges.

“This decision comes after we realised most of the physically challenged children were segregated by donors who seemed to concentrate on brilliant students,” she said.

Due to the effects of Covid-19 in the country, high-profile events such as the Simon Chimbetu Commemorations and Alick Macheso birthday among other events, have all been held online this year, attracting thousands of viewers.

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