Valencia – Franco Costa, one of the world’s most
famous artists, is to auction a painting for Team Shosholoza to
raise funds. Costa has painted a 70 by 100 cm canvas of the first
South African America’s Cup challenger and he intends to
donate the auction proceeds to the Tygerberg Children’s
Hospital in Cape Town which is supported by Shosholoza’s
patron Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
“In the past I have supported the winner of the America’s
Cup seven times. This is the first time I am painting for a challenger
who finished in the Louis Vuitton Cup in the 7th place”,
said the 73-year-old Italian. "But it is a great honour for
me to paint screens for the most popular America's Cup Challenger.
Team Shosholoza has brought heart and soul to the sport and I'm
happy to be back again at the America's Cup."
Franco Costa, born in Rome, has just finished his first painting
of the RSA 83. “I would like to auction this painting for
the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital in South Africa. When
I met Archbishop Desmond Tutu a few days ago at the Shosholoza
base I decided I wanted to contribute to his project”, said
Nobel peace laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu visited
the Shosholoza team in Valencia for the first time. "What
Shosholoza has done is a superb thing for our country. It is a
sport in which we never believed we had any chance at all but
you have shocked the sailing world. You have demonstrated that
the black community is able to integrate itself into the world
of sailing and to be competitive," he told the crew. Archbishop
Tutu, who was also honoured at a VIP dinner hosted by Louis Vuitton,
took the opportunity to draw attention to efforts to restructure
and develop the Tygerberg Children’s Hosptial in Cape Town
which specialises in infectious diseases like tuberculosis as
well as HIV/AIDS, cancer, nervous system disorders and respiratory
The trustees of the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital Trust
together with the management and staff have a vision to transform
this under-resourced facility into an internationally recognised
hospital known for clinical excellence dedicated to the needs
of children and newborn babies. Archbishop Tutu and his wife,
Leah, share this vision and are honoured patrons.
To contribute to this fundraising drive and participate in the
Costa painting auction please click on our homepage www.teamshosholoza.com.
There will be a weekly update on the auction.