Press release: Sunday 21st June 2009
Talk, eat, gossip
Radio Celebrities auction themselves to save the lives of SA teens
They are the voices you listen to in the car, at home, and at work. They are the people who play your favourite songs, who update you on the latest celebrity gossip. Now you have a chance to meet them over lunch – and help save the life of a South African teen.
DJ Fresh (5FM), Nigel Pierce (Good Hope FM), Elana Afrika (5FM), and Lupi Ngcayisa (Metro FM) are just some of the celebrities who are giving their time to raise awareness and funds for teen suicide prevention in South Africa by meeting and chatting to you and four friends over lunch.
9.5% of all teen deaths in South Africa are due to suicide. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) has been fighting to save lives for 15 years and has the only school-based teen suicide prevention programme in South Africa. They also run the only toll-free suicide crisis (0800 567 567) and SMS (31393) line in the country. Yet as an NGO with no government funding, many teens are not being reached.
Nigel Pierce, like many of our celebrities, feels that it is important to give teens the support they need. “Teens are often faced with sometimes unnecessary pressures placed on them by society”, says Pierce. Educating teens and teachers about the warning signs of depression and suicide, and giving them the tools so they can intervene when a teen is in crisis, is crucial to curbing the alarmingly high rate of teen suicide in SA. Elana Afrika of 5FM feels passionately about teen mental health. “I have been a teenager, I know what joys and issues you are faced with. So I believe that prevention is better than cure. And that’s way I am proud to be a part of Munching for Mental Health.”
For more information on the auction or to find out more about SADAG and their school, community, and corporate projects, please contact Cassey or Chevonne on 011 262 6396 or visit www.sadag.co.za. Every Rand donated, means another child can be reached.
Celebrities are taking time out for lunch in support of this SADAG and bidorbuy initiative. Between the 1st July 2009 and the 30th December 2009, our radio personalities will dazzle you for two hours – if your bid is high enough of course! Bidding opens on Tuesday the 23rd June 2009 and will run for exactly one week until Monday the 30th June 2009.
Simply go to www.bidorbuy.co.za and make your bid to get the opportunity to meet and eat with your favourite celeb (and maybe put in a playlist request too). And don’t forget the winner also gets to take four friends along.
“Life is not about fitting in and winning all the time”, Nigel says. “In the words of Depeche Mode – Get the balance right”. That’s what SADAG and it’s teen suicide prevention programme – Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret – is trying to do. The lives of all of South Africa’s teens are just a click of your mouse away.