WATCH: Yvonne Chaka Chaka & Tech Teams Need Help To #FeedOurCrew

Feed Our Crew is an NGO initiative (non-government organization) in South Africa co-founded by Johannesburg-based Tamsyn Strydom (project manager from production and rental company MGG), Kagiso Moima Wa Masimini (KG) who owns Blackmotion Production and Marcia Alves from We Are Boundless. The campaign has drawn support from superstar names like Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Tamara Dey, to name a few.

The goal is to focus on urgent fundraising for the temporary support of freelance live event technicians.

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Working in collaboration with another NGO, People4Purpose – that provides individuals and families with basic necessities like food and clothing – donations are converted into R500.00 vouchers – which are distributed to qualified recipients via their cell phones. This is calculated to provide enough money – with some care and creativity – to support a family’s fundamental needs for a month.

The vouchers are redeemable at the major retailers ShopRite/Checkers and can be used to buy groceries, medication plus other essential utilities like electricity, cell phone data and airtime – all fundamental to sustaining themselves until government assistance comes onstream.

Anyone meeting the criteria can apply for assistance, but the aim is to reach the most vulnerable of those who have been working across all the technical disciplines – lighting, audio, rigging, stage and set building, SFX etc.

As word spread about Feed Our Crew, a Facebook page and website were established, starting on the 16th April, followed by a call for videos and messages of support from local technical crew, artists and celebrities that could be used to encourage donations.

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See a few of the fantastically creative videos below:

Our entertainment industry technical crew’s really need your help! Without them the show just couldn’t go on! Let’s help them through this tough time. If you can, please go to www.feedourcrew.co.za to make a donation ♥️ #feedourcrew

Posted by Tamara Nathalie on Monday, April 20, 2020

Lira's message of support for #feedourcrew

Thank you to the inspirational LIRA for her message of support. We are continuing to support those technicians that we can, but we need further donations to provide vouchers. If you would like to contribute … go to www.feedourcrew.co.zaAbout Entertainment#feedourcrew

Posted by Feed Our Crew on Friday, May 1, 2020

 

Lockdown Technician's Challenge: A short video on what you miss about our industry.Thank you Michael Taylor-Broderick for the nomination. You got me to dig about at home to see what was lurking there. Surprisingly much!This little post is to raise awareness and funds for the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) and #feedourcrew. Share widely and let's get this campaign going!If you would like to donate to these two organizations that are actively making a difference in our sector, please check out the info below:THE THEATRE BENEVOLENT FUND (TBF)ABSA BANKACC NO: 9305 193 377REF: COVID19FEED OUR CREWFNBACC NAME: People4PurposeACC NO: 6278 9400 571REF: Feed Our CrewI would also like to thank Lady Gaga for the music (I REALLY hope she doesn't mind me using it). I had never been much of a Gaga fan, until I heard 'Shallow'; and then watched her documentary, 'Five Foot Two'. Then I fell in love with Gaga and who she is… and her album 'Joanne'. This track kills me every time.And it feels so appropriate right now. Where are our leaders?

Posted by Bryan Mark Hiles on Monday, May 18, 2020

Lockdown Technician's Challenge: A short video on what you miss about our industry.Thank you Megan HolderI challenge Duncan Riley, David Whitehouse, Chris Bolton, Bryan Hiles and Kevin Stannett to raise awareness and funds for the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) and #feedourcrew. Share widely and let's get this campaign going!If you would like to donate to these two organizations that are actively making a difference in our sector, please check out the info below:THE THEATRE BENEVOLENT FUND (TBF)ABSA BANKACC NO: 9305 193 377REF: COVID19FEED OUR CREWFNBACC NAME: People4PurposeACC NO: 6278 9400 571REF: Feed Our Crew

Posted by Michael Taylor-Broderick on Friday, May 15, 2020

SUCH LOVE AND THANKS to my friend and magic maker Greg King from Kickstart Theatre Productions for taking up this technical challenge in aid of Theatre Benevolent Fund and Feed Our Crew. If you can support please find all the details below in the comments section. Covid has devastated our industry and we are asking for help if you can. A small donation will help #makeadifference and get food vouchers to the most vulnerable in our industry.Share widely and let's get this campaign going!If you would like to donate to these two organizations that are actively making a difference in our sector, please check out the info below:THE THEATRE BENEVOLENT FUND (TBF)ABSA BANKACC NO: 9305 193 377REF: COVID19FEED OUR CREWFNBACC NAME: People4PurposeACC NO: 6278 9400 571REF: Feed Our CrewGreg is nominating Jason Bird and Bongumusa Thulasizwe Masondo to continue the challenge! So get on line and make a video about what you do in the theatre and what you miss! And share and challenge other techies to do the same! 😊❤💙💚💛💜💖PS: Greg forgot to point out in the video that there is also a laniard for your backstage pass… FINISHED 😂😂😂😂😂LOVE THIS SO MUCH!!! #allthecoolkidswearblack #techie #tbf #feedourcrew #kickstarttheatre #lightinggirlshero Megan Holder Tamsyn Gia Currie Steven Stead Duncan Riley Sherryn Riley Michael Taylor-Broderick

Posted by Tina Le Roux on Saturday, May 16, 2020

Lockdown Technician's Challenge: Thanks Megan Holder from Megan's Technical Services for the challenge (check out her Facebook Page !).In return I challenge Mark Kleinert, Susan Roberts, Zara Gaffney, Luke Holder, Robin Shuttleworth and Ryan Selby to show us a technical skill in your home or garden, or just let us know what you miss most about theatre, to raise awareness and funds for the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) and #feedourcrew. Share widely and let's get this campaign going. If you would like to donate to 2 organizations that are actively making a difference in our sector, here are the details:THEATRE BENEVOLENT FUNDABSA BANKACC NO: 9305193377REF: Covid19FEED OUR CREWACC NAME: People4PurposeFNB ACC NO: 62789400571REF: Feed our Crew

Posted by Jackie Cunniffe on Friday, May 15, 2020

Posted by Luke Holder on Saturday, May 16, 2020

As these videos started flowing, more people joined the conversation, including technical manager Marcia Alves. As the need to for more action on the ground became glaringly obvious, Tamsyn, KG and Marcia founded Feed Our Crew together with the assistance of several others.

To donate please visit www.feedourcrew.co.za and click the ‘donate’ button.

 

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