Zip Zap is a social circus that was founded to inspire young people and help build a new culture of peaceful coexistence in South Africa. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality. Zip Zap’s programmes help protect children against the social ills, such as drug abuse, that often plague their communities. Many of the children who enter Zip Zap’s doors go on to become professional circus performers gracing the international stage.

Zip Zap provides free transport to and from the workshops. “We were holding our buses together with what we had,” says Brent van Rensburg, Co-founder of Zip Zap. “They had broken down twice in five months, once on the day of a show with some of our children. The repairs were costing more than the vehicles were worth.”

The St Luke’s Combined Hospice felt especially strongly about the new bus for Zip Zap, as some of their patients’ children attend the circus school: it was important for St Luke’s to reassure these patients that their children will be in a secure after-school project. Ronita Mahilall, Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Claremont and Chief Executive Officer of St Luke’s Combined Hospice, approached the Harry Crossley Foundation and the Rotary Club of Claremont, and both organisations were happy to assist. “Zip Zap is an example of a largely self-sustaining organisation that is being proactive and innovative in generating multiple income streams to keep its projects running,” says Mahilall. The Harry Crossley Foundation gave R250 000 toward the project. 

“We really appreciate this generous donation which will help us get kids where they need to be,” says van Rensburg. Mphumzi Ngcikiza, Transport Manager and Driver for Zip Zap, says the new bus makes him feel very happy. It is not only safer and more reliable than the previous one, but it is also bigger so that more children can be part of Zip Zap programmes. The children love it, saying it is beautiful and comfortable.

“Four seemingly diverse organizations came together in a well-choreographed act by pooling resources together to give the aspiring Zip Zap circus artists a well-deserved bus,” says Mahilall. “Our artists can now be transported safely and bring laughter and joy to everyone they encounter.”

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