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Cresta ploughs back into community

KOKETSO KGOBOGE
The hotel native heritage celebration is dedicated to supporting a six-year old chld with brain complications
PALAPYE: Cresta Bosele Letlhafula annual festival returns this weekend at the hotel premises in Selebi-Phikwe.

The ninth edition of the hotel’s native heritage celebration is dedicated to supporting a six-year-old child with brain complications.

Since inception, the benevolent event extended arms to support underprivileged community members around the former copper/nickel-mining town. Last year the cultural event covered medical costs and groceries for another young beneficiary. This year’s festival instalment will focus on a child that underwent a brain procedure while a year old in 2015. The child has inserted a brain tube that is replaced every three months at Nyangabgwe Referral Hospital in Francistown.

The six-year-old is a reception pupil at Joseph Anderson Memorial Primary School. Her family faces challenges such as lack of income, accommodation, shortage of food and utility supply. She lives with her unemployed mother, grandmother and two siblings in their grandmother’s house. The condition has grounded the single mother, and she can’t seek apt employment to fend for the family. She does menial works at Ipelegeng that allow her to be

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home by noon when the child returns from school. “The proceeds of the event will address one of the child and family challenges,” Tshepo Sebeela, a guest relations manager at the hotel said in an interview.

“The main need for the family is accommodation. Our objective is to assist them with the proceeds of the event. We wish to also use the event to expose their need to the public. We hope to attract good Samaritans that would assist us to support the child and her family.” Culture Spears and Maxy will headline the event that has grown by each passing year. They will be performing alongside Mahempe and the award-winning Selebi-Phikwe based, Kalatsagae.

Former vice president Ponatshego Kedikilwe is the guest speaker. Culture will be celebrated through song, games, attire and food.

The event will be capped with a fashion show to celebrate traditional attire. The cultural festival is celebrated under the theme, “Maruping go a boelwa.”



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