AFRICA

Cyclone Idai Disaster Relief: Africa Energy Forum to raise funds through charity game with Manchester United legends


The Africa Energy Forum, in collaboration with KOHLER, principal partner of Manchester United, and Clarke Energy, a KOHLER company, have vowed to raise over £50,000 for victims of Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms on record to ever hit the African continent.

The Portugal city of Lisbon will host series of disaster relief events from June 10- 14 in order to bring back smiles on the countries that were affected by the disaster.

The ‘Africa Challenge Cup’ football tournament will be a major networking event for all participants of the Africa Energy Forum taking place on June 10 at the Os Belenenses, Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal, to raise funds for the victims.

EnergyNet has already donated £20,000 to disaster relief efforts in Zimbabwe through the provision of 1,350 WakaWaka Solar Lanterns (Waka-Waka.com) and Power+ Solar Charging Power Packs to support those completely shut off from energy, who live in darkness once the sun goes down as a result of the cyclone.

The storm was the deadliest and costliest in the South-West Indian Ocean in more than 100 years with over 1,000 people killed and over one billion dollars’ of damage to hospitals, farming, schools, housing and infrastructure. One month on and the impact of the cyclone is raising fears that a massive cholera epidemic could break out, with more than 4,000 registered cases and 7 fatalities already.

Working with WakaWaka and the Miracle Mission Trust, an organization which facilitates sustainable transformation for Zimbabwean communities, EnergyNet’s current donation alone will benefit over 5,000 individuals in frontline communities within two weeks of the investment being made.

Camille van Gestel, Founder of WakaWaka, said “When recovering from a disaster, nothing is more frightening than to have to spend your evenings in utter darkness. Having light is a basic necessity, enabling people to pick up their lives also after sunset, to cook, work and do homework. WakaWaka can literally enlighten, perhaps even brighten the lives of people”.
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