Usuthu to face Aces in Charity Showdown


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AmaZulu will face Mpumalanga Black Aces in the semi-finals of the inaugural 2014 Charity Showdown at Bidvest Stadium on July 19.

The first semi-final will see Bidvest Wits taking on Bloemfontein Celtic at the same venue at 9am, before Usuthu clash against AmaZayoni in a midday kick-off.

The event is hosted by e.tv in association with OpenView HD and promises to be a soccer filled day with spectacular family entertainment.

Aside from the brand new Cup, the teams will be competing for a grand prize that will be donated to The Lunchbox Fund, a nationwide charity that feeds impoverished schoolchildren.

This is in the spirit of Nelson Mandela who encouraged us to be part of various humanitarian causes.

“Soccer is one of the most popular sports in this country, and education is one of the most critical childhood development tools. The combination of the chosen Charity, which gives young people the opportunity to fully partake in their education; and the solidarity of sportsmanship makes for a formidable partnership in shaping the future for many young South Africans,” said Group Head, e.tv Channels Division, Monde Twala.

“The e.tv brand is in the business of people, we are committed to ensure that our content does not only educate but also provides for fun family entertainment. Its partnerships like these that assist us in ensuring a well-learned community.”

The Showdown is a knockout tournament and matches will be 45 minutes per half. At the end of the full time, if the scores are still tied, the matches will be decided through penalty shootouts.

The first semi-final match kicks off at 9:30AM, the next game at midday and the final at 4PM.

The day will also be packed with family inclusive activities happening simultaneously with the soccer games. These include a Family Fun Zone complete with a Food Market, a Kiddies area with child minders, jumping castles, face painters and clowns.

There will also be a beer garden, VIP Hospitality as well as a Showdown Concert featuring some of South Africa’s top selling bands. Families will also get a chance to meet some of e.tv and OpenView HD stars and personalities.

All proceeds from the Showdown will be donated to The Lunchbox Fund, a Charity that provides a daily meal to orphaned and impoverished schoolchildren in rural and township areas of Southern Africa.

They work across the education sector and currently feed over 5 000 children in Gauteng, Limpopo, North West Province, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and are expanding all the time.

According to Sue Wildish, Managing Director for the Fund, “One hot meal every school day does more than fill a tummy – the meal is an incentive for the child to go to school, to get an education and develop their potential. We couldn’t be more honoured and delighted to be part of The Charity Showdown.”

The tournament will be broadcast live on e.tv.

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