British charity to stop sending celebs to Africa amid criticism

British charity to stop sending celebs to Africa amid criticism

- Britain-based charity, Comic Relief, has said that they will stop sending celebs to Africa

- This after they received criticism from people who've said that they sent the celebs to Africa as if they were "white saviours"

- The charity will reportedly also stop using pictures which paint Africa as a desperate and destitute continent

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British Charity group Comic Relief has announced a change in the way they will be offering help to Africans. The charity group has reportedly resolved to no longer send celebrities to the continent after it was criticised for sending the celebs to Africa to act like "white saviours".

They have also said that they will no longer make use of pictures of starving and sick children that portray Africa to be a suffering and broken place.

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Their announcement comes in a bid to display the Africa that is developing and overcoming its long-suffering with poverty and colonialism after Strictly Come Dancing star, Stacey Dooley, made a fundraising film in Uganda last year depicting her as a hero among struggling black Africans.

Sir Lenny Henry, who co-founded Comic Relief, has said that it is time for people to see the other side of Africa. Calling on storytellers and film-makers to help relay Africa's new story, the one that doesn't include pictures and tales of the desperate and destitute, a BBC article reports.

"It's time for young black and brown film-makers to take charge and say, 'I want to tell you my story',“ Henry said.
UK charity will stop sending celebs to Africa

Charity group, Comic relief wants to change the worlds outlook on Africa. Source: Unsplash
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Briefly.co.za also reports, a Cape Town-based restaurant shared a wonderful post where a patron left a R4 000 tip for charity. The pizza place shared a picture of the patron's bill where their order amounted to just R415.

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Massimo's is based in Hout Bay and they started a 'Pay It Forward' initiative recently. This initiative allows patrons to virtually purchase pizza slices. The restaurant then delivers the slices or full pizzas to local organisations or charities. They captioned the post:

"Sometimes we get a reminder that 'angels' exist... 400 #payitforward slices means we have 66 more pizzas to donate!!! Grazie. We really have great clients."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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