Actress and businesswoman Enhle Mbali's joined forces with House of Mandela, Africa Rising and Global Citizen to raise funds to empower the youth in education, social justice arts and culture.
Enhle Cares Foundation together with its partners will host the inaugural Forever Young Ball & Gala Dinner at the late statesman, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s Houghton home on Friday, November 30.
Speaking to Mbali after the exciting news broke, the "Broken Vows" star says she is still “shocked” that the Mandela family heard her “voice” in her quest to lend a helping hand in assisting the youth of Mzansi which was what Madiba was advocating for.
“I'm shocked that I’m part of this amazing initiative. I'm shocked that the Mandela family heard my voice to help our youth in education, arts and culture and social justice.
"Mama Maki (Makaziwe Mandela), Madiba's eldest daughter was so kind to let us host the event at the iconic house.
"This is going to be an annual event going forward, Mama Maki and the grandkids whom we're working closely with Kweku Mandela and Tukwini Mandela, are very keen help me see my vision through."
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Mbali, whose, foundation will officially launch at the gala dinner says she has already started doing the work with the girls from Soweto.
“Our first initiative with the girls we had a slumber party at Lesedi Cultural Village about two months ago. We had real conversations and I'm glad they walked out thinking differently to when they first arrived.
Mbali says this initiative is “just the beginning” of greater things to come.
“I would like to educate young girls...get young women to be financially independent.
On what inspired her to start the foundation, she says:” I was looking at the female genocide, and it didn't sit well with me because, one I'm a female, two I'm a black female and it happens a lot in black females.
“I thought what could possibly help in channelling some form of confidence in the woman that can, in turn, do the same the man, I came up with "Enhle Cares".
Asked if she has support from professionals such as social workers, she says: "For now is just myself hence I'm partnering with Global Citizens and House of Mandela so I can get more professional help, I do need finances to make a lot of things happen, which includes creating the drive for 2019.
Mbali says they are looking for at raising R2.5 million at the gala dinner.
"There will be a live auction on the day, and another auction that will start a week prior to the gala dinner."
Though Mbali's unable to disclose the international acts that will be part of the gala dinner, due to the non-disclosure agreement, she reveals that it’s the cream of the crop of the entertainment industry that will be in attendance.
Mbali also reveals that there’s an EP, titled "The Forever Young Album", which featuring industry’s heavyweights the likes of HHP, Kwesta, Sjava, Riky Rick, Moneoa, Kabomo, Moonchild, Langa Mvuso, KO, Rouge.
“We did an EP with African artists which we will be releasing a week before the gala dinner. What makes us most proud is that HHP also being with part of the EP. He did a beautiful track that he recorded with Kabomo".
Mbali says all proceeds from the EP sales will form part of the initiative fundraising course.
"The artists were so kind to let us sell the EP to help us raise funds...they don't want anything out of it but to give."