Comedy premiere raises funds for girls and women – 12 June 2013

The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation hosted a premiere of the Jive Funny Festival, in Cape Town on 12 June, with the aim of raising funds for projects empowering women and girls.

Besides the sale of tickets, an auction of memorabilia – and an exclusive opportunity to have tea with the Archbishop – raised the total proceeds from the event to more than R150 000.

Speaking to media at the Baxter Theater, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said laughter was a critical component of being human. South Africans should learn to laugh at themselves, as the ability to laugh at one’s self made one more compassionate, he said. Compassionate individuals created compassionate communities.

“Just about all people agree that racism is wrong,” said Executive Director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Reverend Mpho Tutu. “Why, then, do so many people tolerate prejudice against women and girls?” she asked.

Reverend Tutu thanked the organisers and sponsors of the Jive Funny Festival – and especially the comedians – for their contributions to a very noble cause.