The Ballito Street Heroes event, brought to you by Edusport in conjunction with the ILembe Chamber of Commerce and our sponsors Ballito Auto SMD, to be held on 14 and 15 September, is not only about fast cars and loud engines.
This inaugural spectacle, also supported by our accommodation partners Fairmont Zimbali Resorts as well as the KwaDukuza Municipality, brings with it a glimmer of hope for the less fortunate residents of the area.
Ithemba Labasha Community Centre has been chosen by the event organisers and the local municipality as a beneficiary of the Ballito Street Heroes corporate social investment project, which will channel funds raised into the youth support programme.
Besides the Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati supercars, classic examples of V8 American muscle, the fastest rides from motor clubs around KZN, and much more at the event, the Ballito Street Heroes organisers will ensure that spectators’ attention will not only be drawn to the desirable cars on display, but also to the nearby charity which helps so many in need.
Manager of the centre, Doreen Yengwa, currently looks after 300 orphans and at risk children between the age of 18 months and 18 years and the sponsorship could not have come at a better time for an organisation in dire need of funding.
“We help the kids with their homework, play sport with them, and give them a hot meal. For some it is their only hot meal of the day,” said Yengwa.
“We are trying to keep them off the street, educate them, and provide a safe environment for them to grow in. We were chosen because we are a local NGO in need. Ithemba Labasha Community Centre has been going for seven years but do not have a permanent donor at the moment.”
Ward councillor for the Shaka’s Head – the ward in which both the Ballito Street Heroes event will be held and where Ithemba Labasha is situated – Jetro Banda said he was very excited and looking forward to the high-revving action just around the corner. He was also equally excited for the benefits it will bring the local community.
“The Ballito Street Heroes event will not only bring much needed funding to the centre, but it will allow the people of Shaka’s Head to experience motor racing. For some it will be their first time.”
Executive director of economic development for the KwaDukuza municipality, Sikhumbuzo Hlongwane, said the funds raised would hugely benefit the children at the centre.
“Ballito Street Heroes will also create jobs – around 45 people will be employed for the event over the weekend.”
Prior to the Ballito Street Heroes event on 14 and 15 September, a cocktail party fundraiser will be held on Friday, 13 September, during which a charity auction will take place.
All the funds raised will be given to the Ithemba Labasha Community Centre.
So, if you are into supercars and super charities, visit the inaugural Ballito Street Heroes event.
For the petrol heads who want a first class experience during the two days, corporate hospitality packages are available. They include private, tented seating overlooking the start/finish line, lunch, canapés, drinks, alcoholic beverages, escorted pit walks, and entry to the precinct – from R1250 per person, excluding VAT.
Tickets for the Ballito Street Heroes event can be purchased from iTickets.co.za from R120 per person for general entry, and R190 for entry and grandstand seating.
Kiddies Zone also forms part of the Activity Zone. Children between the ages of 6-12 pay R50 and all Children 5 years and below will be free.
Ballito Street Heroes is an Edusport event.