World renowned Shakespearean actor, Dame Janet Suzman, took time out from rehearsals recently for her forthcoming play, ‘Soloman and Marion’ (written by Capetownian director Lara Foot) to make a special visit to ASAP drop-in Centres, and school libraries in the Eastern Cape.
“I followed Priscilla Higham (ASAP’s Founder and Programme Director) around for 3 days and witnessed an electrifying injection of energy into the dusty lives of these communities,” Says Dame Janet. “She and her lieutenants are doing an amazing job of pointing the gogos (grandmothers), the life-givers, towards more intelligent management of their desperate lives. ASAP really does make a difference – I have seen it with my own eyes.”
In May 2012, Dame Janet, the niece of the highly respected and much loved anti- Apartheid campaigner Helen Suzman, took to the stage at our bi-annual Fundraiser in London to introduce Priscilla Highham, and to give a rallying cry to the guests; urging them to ‘be useful’.