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On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Anthony Fridjhon about the work done by the Theatre Benevolent Fund.
The Theatre Benevolent Fund established in 1962 is the only welfare organisation that exists to look after the needs of the entertainment industry.
They exist for everybody who works or has worked professionally in the entertainment industry. Soap stars and scene shifters, ballerinas and broadcasters, circus jugglers and singers, technicians, designers, publicists, musicians, magicians, directors, producers, focus pullers and stuntmen… across all sectors of the industry: Film, Radio, TV, Theatre, Dance, Opera, Live Performance, Performing Arts and Circus.
The fund provides monthly grants for beneficiaries, contributes towards medical and hospital costs, funeral costs, help widows and dependants, and assists with sourcing wheelchairs, walkers, and ongoing medical supplies such as adult diapers.
The TBF currently has more than 30 monthly grant recipients receiving a monthly stipend, equal to the Older Person’s Grant paid by the State.
They rely entirely on donations and are always looking for ways to top up their coffers.
The Theatre Benevolent Fund is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO number 930 000 322 ), with full Income Tax exemption, which means that you can claim your TBF donations back when you fill in that dreaded tax return. The fund will provide the relevant documentation.
The TBF is managed and administered by a team of entertainment industry professionals, together with a professional financial adviser as treasurer, and – apart from the secretarial position, which carries a small stipend – all work done by the management team and Board is done voluntarily, without any remuneration, as stipulated by the constitution.
Theatre Benevolent Fund administration costs are less than 10% per annum. This means you can be sure that your donation is reaching the people who need it.
For more information on the Theatre Benevolent Fund visit their website at http://tbfsa.co.za/
Listen to the interview with Anthony Fridjhon here:
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8 am to 11 am