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Lauren Beukes

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Sloth Scarf Lottery For A Great Cause

See this adorable critter in a box about to be mailed off to his new home? This could be yours. Inspired by Zinzi’s sloth companion in Zoo City, this is one of five super extremely limited edition glam ‘n’ playful fake-fur sloth scarves hand-made by Rhoda Rutherford, duplicates of the one I wore to the Arthur C Clarke Awards. Four have been sold. The last one is up for grabs in the Zoo City Sloth Lottery, with all proceeds going to the brilliant prisoner rehabilitation organisation, Khulisa Services

Tickets cost R100 each (£9 or US $14.50) for this limited edition sloth scarf made from fake fur with a cotton lining and hand-embroidered label. Tickets will be sold at the Boekehuis and Book Lounge events (see the schedule), but if you can’t be there in person or you live far away and over oceans, you can still buy a lottery ticket by emailing and paying by EFT or credit card (secure transaction).

More on the excellent work that Khulisa does after these totally gratuitously cute ‘n’ fuzzy photos of sloth-making in progress and a blurry pic of me modelling the original sloth, and another pic with Jon Courtenay Grimwood (courtesy of SFX magazine) to prove that it’s a unisex look. Sloths look great on girls AND guys.

More about Khulisa:

All proceeds from the sloth lottery will go to Khulisa Services, a non-profit organisation whose primary function is to reduce crime and violence. It uses theatre and storytelling in some of its offender rehabilitation programmes to get prisoners back in touch with their innate morals.

Khulisa involve the ex-offenders in community education programmes to help prevent future crimes from being committed. At the same time as they give purpose and meaning to their participants’ lives, they also help to break the cycle of crime and violence in communities. While the national average rate of re-offending is 80-90%, the rate of re-offences for ex-offenders who have been through the Khulisa programmes is only 18%.

It’s a great cause and a perfect alignment with Zoo City, which is about the burden of guilt and the possibility of redemption.

Three ex-offenders who have been through the Khulisa programme will be reading excerpts from the book at the Boekehuis Event in Melville on 28th May 2011 at 12 noon. (see events for more info)


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