Denay Willie, the co-founder and director of The Rainbow Academy. Picture: Supplied
Cape Town - Denay Willie, the co-founder and director of The Rainbow Academy, was selected from hundreds of international applicants to attend the United Nations Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York as an official stakeholder.

The summit, which takes place at the UN headquarters on September 24, offers a unique opportunity for the academy to  promote their outstanding contribution to youth and community development through the arts. 

The Rainbow Academy is a registered non-profit School of Performing Arts and Business which was started in June 2010 at Mandela Rhodes Place in Cape Town. The academy runs a vocational training programme in performing arts and business for talented disadvantaged young people in the Western Cape aged between 17 and 25 years old.

The Rainbow Academy runs a vocational training programme in performing arts and business for talented disadvantaged young people in the Western Cape aged between 17 and 25 years old. Picture: Supplied
Denay will be presenting  almost a decade of youth community work in South Africa in honour of South Africa's own national hero,  Nelson Mandela. She will also have the opportunity to engage with and make new contacts among prospective funders from international music schools, other NPO’s and active rights groups.


The academy has set up a crowd-funding account to finance Denay's trip to New York and hopes to raise around R100 000 of which the balance will be  allocated to the academy’s 2019 budget for students who are struggling with transport costs.

Read more about The Rainbow Academy here:  http://rainbowacademy.co.za/

To assist with funding Denay's trip and helping the academy, visit the ' Go Get Funding' page here.

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