Ozzy Osbourne, played by UP Drama alumnus Tiaan Rautenbach, MCs the family-friendly show with his dry humour and penchant of double entendre. Songs by Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Freddie Mercury, Amy Winehouse, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba were performed by the hard-working cast. Tshepi Mash and Tanya Duley’s vocals did justice to songs by legends Whitney Houston and Janis Joplin.
When asked about the reason behind the event, Brett Sandler, field human resources coordinator at Tuks Friends of MSF, said, “Doctors Without Borders provides emergency aid for war-torn countries. This event is raising funds for that. Last year, we were lucky to have Nakhane Toure perform at one of our events.”
Though the society pulled off a successful event having only formed a week before, Tuks Friends of MSF is not without its difficulties. “Fundraising and awareness are our goals, but what people don’t realise is that MSF is not only for doctors, everyone is necessary,” said Blaine Vlantis, a fifth-year medical student at UP. Third-year UP medical student and executive committee member Reantha Pillay shared Vlantis’s sentiment stating, “Lots of people associate MSF with the health sciences, which is not the case. They need to be aware of what is going on in our continent.”
Tuks Friends of MSF and Forever Young raised R13 000 by the end of the show’s intermission. Forever Young will run until 20 April 2014.