The African Energy Forum (AEF) has teamed up with Kohler, principal partner of Manchester United, and Clarke Energy, a KOHLER company, to raise £50,000 for victims of Cyclone Idai.
The AEF plans to co-host an initiative dubbed the ‘Africa Challenge Cup’ football tournament, which will be a major networking event for all participants of the Africa Energy Forum (aef) taking place on 10th June, 2019 at the Os Belenenses, Estádio do Restelo in Lisbon, Portugal, to raise funds for victims.
EnergyNet, has already donated £20,000 to disaster relief efforts in Zimbabwe through the provision of 1,350 WakaWaka Solar Lanterns 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.
WakaWaka is a global social enterprise that develops and sold portable solar products for people without access to electricity.
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.
“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,” Camille van Gestel, Founder of WakaWaka, commented.
EnergyNet is fully funding the hire of the stadium and KOHLER and Clarke Energy are funding all other cost-related elements of the tournament so 100% of any money raised goes to disaster relief for the victims of Cyclone Idai.
Attending the tournament is free of charge, however additional funds can be raised through corporate sponsorship of any of the six individual teams which will go head to head in a bid to win the tournament.
Delegates attending the conference have been invited to watch the matches and participate in photo opportunities with the two Manchester United legends. Some 1,000 delegates are expected to attend this important event alongside all government delegations from across the continent.
“In addition to funds already to committed, we hope to raise £50,000 annually through the tournament for important causes such as Cyclone Idai and we’ll work with our partners in any way necessary to make this possible,” explained EnergyNet’s Managing Director Simon Gosling.
“I hope the sector will support this initiative and make the ‘Africa Challenge Cup’ an equivalent to Soccer Aid for the continent,” he concluded.