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mothers2mothers’ Carols by Candlelight—a festive evening with our global community!

m2m Carols by Candlelight, St Paul’s Knightsbridge.

Carols by Candlelight

By popular demand—and with local COVID-19 guidelines now allowing—our beloved festive event was back! On Thursday 9th December, mothers2mothers (m2m) hosted the fourth edition of our annual Carols by Candlelight concert, in the beautiful setting of St Paul’s Knightsbridge, in London*—and this year we were delighted to be able to share the evening with those tuning-in from all over the globe thanks to a livestream on our YouTube.

An Evening of Celebration

Many of the countries where m2m operates across sub-Saharan Africa have a shared philosophy called Ubuntu, meaning “I am, because we are”. In the spirit of that philosophy m2m invited guests to join us this festive season for a special evening of singing and readings, as we celebrated our shared connections and stood shoulder to shoulder with the communities we serve! 

Sandile Gontsana and Lee Gold performing.

This year—which marks our 20th anniversary—our line-up was inspired by m2m’s African roots, and the evening celebrated all that m2m Mentor Mothers have achieved over the last two decades. Since m2m was founded in South Africa in 2001, an incredible 13.5 million individuals have been reached with life-saving health services, education, and support, and over 11,000 jobs have been created by m2m for women living with HIV—what an achievement to celebrate!  

The evening’s Line-up

From Left: Sandile Gontsana, Lee Gold, Remi Sade, Emma France, Christian Brassington, Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije, and Theresa Lola.

m2m Ambassador Christian Brassington led the celebrity readings, featuring British-Nigerian poet Theresa Lola, British-Ghanaian TV presenter Claudia-Liza Vanderpuije, and writer and podcaster Remi Sadéwho presented an original piece titled XX. Guests were also entertained by special performances by South-African Jazz vocalist, and Lion King star, Sandile Gontsana and marimba band Otto Gumaelius & The Mupata Calling, whose musical stylings draw inspiration from across southern Africa.  

Following the evening’s performances, guests enjoyed festive mulled wine and delicious mince pies kindly supplied by our friends at Zafferano. We simply cannot think of a better way to get in the festive spirit! 

A Special Thanks go to our 2021 Host Committee, whose hard work made the evening possible. 

Otto Gumaelius & the Mutapa Calling performing.

 *Locally appropriate Covid-19 protocols were followed 

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