Fashion designers and entertainers are joining forces to raise much needed funds for children in Zimbabwe, at the inaugural Ndoro Children’s Charities fund-raising gala evening at The Dorchester, London on 17th September, 2009.
“The situation in Zimbabwe is critical. One in four children are orphans due to the Aids crisis, and with the economic crisis and political unrest, it is tragic state of affairs. We are a small charity focused on making a better life for children all over the world,” says Ronald Ndoro, Operations Manager and son of the founder Roseline Ndoro.
The gala night combines music and fashion and highlights including music from Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Nate Evans’ The Temptations, Mutya Buena and The London Community Gospel Choir. They will also be joined by Headphones & Heels, girl-team DJs.
20 British and leading designers also join together for a catwalk show and high-profile auction. Fashion leaders such as Nicole Farhi, Maria Grachvogel and Mark Jacobs are participating as well as rising stars from the British fashion industry; Charlotte Olympia, Olivia Rubin, Mac-Millan and Bordelle.
The night will be hosted by a raft of talent to include Michelle Williams, Konnie Huq, Nick Ede, Leah Charles and Bobak Kianoush, with a guestlist that at this stage includes former Spice Girls Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Geri Halliwell, as well as Erin O'Connor and many others.
Ndoro Children’s Charities was formed to help children in deprived developing countries with an initial focus on Zimbabwe. The aim of the night is to raise £100,000 which will go towards building a new orphanage home, school and clinic in Zimbabwe, 80 miles from Harare.
The charity has already raised enough money to open two homes in Harare for 16 street children or orphans to live and attend local schools. The properties are currently being re-furbished and are due to open this August.
Ndoro Children’s Charities was set up by Roseline Ndoro, who visited her home country Zimbabwe in 2005 after having been away for 10 years. She was shocked by what she saw and became quickly aware of the plight of the people, especially children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, TB and cancer. Roseline then became ill with Breast Cancer and then unexpectedly her long-term partner died. Following discussions with her family here in the UK, she decided to setup the charity which was officially launched in 2008. She has recently been joined her by son, Ronald Ndoro, who gave up his training as a lawyer to head up the charity.
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