Copperstone Event Production & Creative Agency announced their first ever Humanitarian of the Year and Talent Search winner during a glamorous, star-studded gala event at the magnificent Indaba Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre in Fourways.
The dynamic and beautiful Sharné Labotski (21) from Randburg walked away with the well-deserved title of Humanitarian of the Year. “She is compassionate, humane, unselfish, altruistic, generous, kind, sympathetic, charitable, philanthropic, public-spirited and socially concerned,” said owner and director of Copperstone Event Production & Creative Agency, Jacques Momberg.
“We can’t wait to follow your journey this year and watch you placing new steps of change wherever you go.
“Congratulations to our runner-up, Wimari du Plessis and the other two finalists, Kgadi Mokoni and Johan van der Merwe who were all worthy competitors. It is a difficult competition and takes passion and commitment to make a change to the causes we support and to be ambassadors for the competition, the charities and our sponsors, and you all made us proud.”
“It is truly such an honour and privilege to be announced as the very first Humanitarian of the year, yet at the same time a big responsibility as I am the one setting the tone and forming the foundations of this platform for future contestants,” said Sharné.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity and I believe that this will be an incredible year. I cannot wait to build this platform and bring about honest and sincere change.”
The lovely Andrea Schutzler (24) from Hartbeespoort was announced the winner of Copperstone’s Talent Search competition.
“Andrea not only possesses an amazing voice and is a great performer, but she also believes in giving back to the community and bringing about change. She is our very first Artist with a Purpose and a worthy winner of this title. We are extremely proud of her – her incredible performances at the gala event and all the charitable work she did during the year!
“It was an extremely difficult task to choose a winner out of four incredibly worthy competitors, all artists excelling in different genres. We would like to congratulate Abbott Sky, the runners-up, as well as Jamie Nell and Jaco Prinsloo, who all gave winning performances on the night.
“For the first year of the competition, showcasing this kind of talent at our finals, the future is looking bright, not only for the competition, but for proudly local talent in this country,” said Jacques.
“This coming year I plan to get involved in more charitable work and educate children about bullies and being bullied, as I believe it is an issue requiring much more attention,” said Andrea.
“I want to make a difference in someone else’s life. I would love to perform and sing as much as I can throughout the year, and use my voice to inspire and truly make a difference.”
MC’s at this prestigious event included the charismatic Top Billing presenter, actor, director and motivational speaker Jonathan Boynton-Lee and the very charming actress, director, vocalist and speaker Marisa Drummond.
Guests were treated to live performances by the cream of the crop in the entertainment industry – these include George Meiring, Jacques Terre’Blanche, Karen Ferreira, Kyle Grant Whiteside, Ons Lieflinge, Simple Stories and Veronique Lalouette. A delectable four course meal, charity auction by the world class auctioneer Gift Ngwenya and performances by the Talent Search finalist made it a night to remember.
About the Humanitarian of the Year competition:
Copperstone Event Production & Creative Agency launched its first annual SA Bachelor & Bachelorette of the Year in 2011. The competition was started to find South Africa’s most eligible bachelor or bachelorette, someone who encompasses brains, beauty, entrepreneurship and the spirit of Ubuntu. During the past seven years the SA Bachelor & Bachelorette competition has raised awareness, products and services and funds in excess of R750 000 for various charities. NGO’s supported thus far include: Jacaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes, Berg-en-Dal, Foodbank SA, Amadea Safe house, Cansa and their TLC Homes and CHOC.
Thousands of entries, hundreds of finalists, more than 20 judges, more than 150 charity events, hundreds of media publications, television coverage, live-streaming at our Gala events and 12 winners later, it was time for a change.
During the past few years Copperstone wanted to change a few things to make the competition open to everyone who wanted to bring about change and do their bit for charity. There is a lot of need in this country, but early on they decided to focus on certain needs. Their focus has always been and will remain on assisting with the following: upliftment in disadvantaged communities, creating awareness and raising funds for charities supporting childhood cancer patients and their families, honouring breast cancer survivors and in return using their testimonies as inspiration for other people fighting cancer. They started a literacy campaign where they collect and distribute books to NGO’s and areas where needed. 2017 also saw the birth of their very own No-Bullying project, where they seek to challenge the view that bullying will always exist.
To develop the competition into one where everyone who wants to bring about change are eligible to enter, a name-change was needed. On 11 September the name-change was announced – the competition was now known as the Humanitarian of the Year.
Next year the biggest change to the competition will be that everyone aged 18 and up will be eligible for entry. It will be open for anyone who wants to do their bit for charity, regardless of marital status, gender, race or sexual orientation. All ages 18 and up, male or female, single or married, gay or straight, black or white, can compete to become the Humanitarian of the Year.
About the Talent Search competition:
In 2017 Copperstone started their very own Talent Search competition to give upcoming artists a platform to showcase their talent. The Top 12 were chosen based on audio and video recordings received. Gauteng and Cape Town audition rounds followed, with a Top 8 semi-finalists announced after audition rounds. The Top 5 were announced after Copperstone’s Women’s Day event. The Top 5 were judged at a live show and at their Gentleman Club Event, followed by the final Top 4 finalists announcement on 11 September.
Numerous live performances, charity events and outreach projects took place during the year before the final four battled it out at the gala event. The winner will record a new single, win a management and publicity contract from Red Dot PR and had the opportunity to perform their new single, Angel’s Wings at the Gala Event.