Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) are set to host a three day comedy tour from the 26th-28th September, in a bid to raise funds for the groups numerous projects across the Middle East. The event, titled ‘The Strangers Tour’, will feature renowned Islamic comedians Baba Ali and Boonaa Mohamed, as well as scholar Sheikh Navaid Aziz. The tour will constitute a mix of comedy, poetry and inspiring Islamic scholarship.
IRSA manager of institutional fundraising, Zeenat Patel- Kaskar said the tour is being run to raise funds for the organizations relief efforts in the Gaza Strip, as well as other conflict hit regions in the Middle East. She said they were looking to get more creative in their fundraising attempts, with all proceeds and profits of the event going towards IRSA’s ground efforts in the respective areas.
“We are all aware of the humanitarian crisis that has gripped Palestine, and has done so for a period of time. As much as we would like to see the need for humanitarian aid to be dropped, in fact the reverse is happening where we need to increase our effort from the ground,” he explained.
Patel-Kaskar said the tour would provide attendees with “an evening of pure entertainment”. She was also hopeful the event would attract the type of individuals who were willing to dig into their pockets and support IRSA’s humanitarian efforts.
“We are convinced that it will be quite an entertaining event inshallah,” she said.
The tour will constitute three shows on three consecutive evenings, in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Organisers are trying to keep the cost of the events as low as possible.
“One of the most cost effective ways of doing it is spacing it together as tightly as possible,” she noted.
The shows will consist of 45 minute sets for each respective artist, with refreshment and salah breaks scheduled.
The Strangers Tour will be in Cape Town on the 28th September at Oaklands High School. The show will start at 3pm, with tickets costing R150 each.
Anyone wishing to attend the shows can contact Islamic Relief at 0800 1118 98. For more information on the tour, visit www.islamic-relief.org.za. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)