MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL DONATES A QUARTER OF A MILLION EMALANGENI TO FESTIVAL BENEFICIARIES
MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL is proud to announce the handover of monies donated to our official beneficiaries; Young Heroes and gone Rural BoMake. These organisations have collectively received a staggering quarter of a million emalangeni from MTN BUSHFIRE 2013.
The funds were formally awarded on Wednesday December 18th 2013 at House on fire in a moving cheque handing over ceremony. Bushfire founder and Director Jiggs Thorne explained that this year’s incredible donation was made possible due to the success of this year’s event, “MTN BUSHFIRE 2013 has been our biggest and most productive festival to date, with 20,000 people ‘bringing their fire’ from over 30 different countries worldwide.”
He went on to elaborate that, “MTN BUSHFIRE will continue to support our beneficiaries, however it is also important to note the other benefits the festival creates for the Swazi economy.”
With thousands of cross-border visitors, accommodation booked out country-wide , and all the associated benefits that accrue from tourist receipts, the festival clearly demonstrates the positive effects of the Bushfire creative economy.
A Danish Survey conducted in 2010 revealed that for every Lilangeni spent on the festival 6 Emalangeni was generated for the broader Swazi economy. Our calculations project an incredible 24 million spend over the MTN BUSHFIRE weekend in Swaziland for 2013.
Thorne explains further, “Bushfire’s exponential growth over the last 7 years and our positioning as a leading international festival is extremely gratifying, and I would like to whole-heartedly thank the amazing Bushfire team, our title sponsor MTN, and our numerous other partners for supporting this wonderful initiative! This is a Swazi product we can all be proud of!”
Since the inception of the MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL over a Million Emalangeni has been raised for two beneficiaries. The details of the 2013 donations are as follows:
Young heroes: R162,000-00
(Since the very first BUSHFIRE in 2007, the festival has donated 100% of its profits to Young Heroes a Swazi NGO that raises funds to support some of the more than 120,000 orphans currently living in Swaziland.
Gone Rural BoMake: R104,750-00
(Since 2011 all profits from the sale of MTN BUSHFIRE merchandise have been donated to local NGO Gone Rural boMake . Gone Rural boMake is a non-profit organisation founded by leading Swazi crafts company Gone Rural in 2006 to assist rural women and their communities with education, health, water projects, assistance with school fees for children and other social needs.
2014 promises to be an even bigger year for MTN Bushfire.
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