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Thursday, August 3, 2017


Emil Erasmus is a talented young flautist. He is only 16 years old and was a member of the KZN Youth Orchestra until he was recently diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

With the current crisis the KZN public health sectors are experiencing with long waiting lists and the collapse of the oncology services in KZN, the family were forced to pursue treatment in the private sector. Having exhausted all their financial resources they have had no choice but to relocate to Cape Town for Emil’s treatment.

Cathy Peacock Cathy Peacock, tutor and concert co-ordinator for the KZN Youth Orchestra and Adelene Coleman suggested to the parents of the KZN Youth Orchestra to each undertake a small fundraising event to help the Erasmus family with funds. When Bridget Young from the Ladybird Foundation came to hear of the family's plight, she offered to organise a special fundraising event on behalf of the KZN Youth Orchestra.

The Emil Erasmus Benefit will take place at Butlers Restaurant in Hillcrest which has generously donated the venue on August 11.

Young said that the evening would be “something different” whereby the KZN Youth Orchestra will be performing 13 pieces of music, with Grant Bell from the Gee Jays fame singing seven songs with the orchestra, as well as 6 pieces which have been selected for wine pairing to happen during the concert. The evening’s wine pairing will be presented by Cape Winelands vintrepreneur, Bryce Gillespie. All the wines to be tasted on the evening are being donated by various wine farms.

“100% of the cost of the tickets will be going to support Emil’s treatment,” said Young. “This has been such a great benefit to work with as I have seen so many people step forward and offer their services and support for this young man. There are only 40 tickets available for the evening at a cost of R500 per person.”

The concert takes place at 17h00 on August 11, 2017. For more information contact Bridget on 082 444 9224 or Trish on 082 453 7913.