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Between Shows, Singer Checks on EJAF Projects

Friday 18 January 2008 @ 16:16 - GMT

During his time in Cape Town, Elton and his partner visited projects funded by the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Included was Baphumelele, a project he has seen first hand before and where funding from the organisation has included financing the building of a number of 'cluster homes', three of which were officially opened by the songwriter during his visit.

Baphumelele is a community model of care for children, a safe refuge,  and now offers other services including respite care.

Elton spoke about one of the youngsters.

He said: 

Rosalia is a totally inspirational person.  I cannot believe the transformation that has been achieved since my last visit in 2005.  I am delighted that support from my foundation has been able to effect such amazing change.  It's wonderful to see happy and well cared for children.

The EJAF has to date funded some 150  projects funded in South Africa alone totalling some ZAR 88,639,017 (ZAR 88 Million).

Elton played a concert in Cape Town on the 13th of January attended by Rosalia and other representatives of projects funded by the foundation.

He will appear in Johannesburg on January 18 and 19.

In the photo below, courtesy of the charity, Elton and David Furnish are seen with a baby born HIV-negative, thanks to the mother-to-infant HIV prevention progarmmes at the mothers2mothers project of Site B Hospital on January 14 in Khayelitsha. The project is one of several community-based initiatives funded by the EJAF in South Africa.

In this photo provided by The Elton John AIDS Foundation, Elton ...