Carte Blanche, produced by Combined Artistic Productions, launched the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust (IT 3593/2008) to commemorate 20 years on air in August 2008.
George Mazarakis, Carte Blanche’s Executive Producer, set the goal of raising R20-million, a million for every year on air, to support State paediatric units across the country. To date, through the generosity of corporate donors and viewers, we have more than quadrupled that target.
In 2010, George (Trustee) and Karolina Andropoulos (patron) were awarded the Support of Philanthropy in the Media Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for their work in equipping paediatric units in hospitals with life-saving equipment and mobilising corporate and private South Africa to donate millions of rands to support this initiative.
The Trust continues to raise finds.
Total raised: in excess of R145-million.
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Patron: K Andropoulos
Founder/Donor: J K Sparkes
Trustees: P D Grealy, G Fatseas-Mazarakis, C M V Nel, J K Sparkes & J D du Plessis
Karolina Andropoulos matriculated at St Mary’s School in Johannesburg, and then went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she graduated in 1988.
In 2001 Karolina was living in Sydney, Australia, when her daughter Georgina was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. This led to several years of in- and out-patient treatment for her daughter at Sydney Children’s Hospital. This circumstance resulted in first-hand experience of paediatric hospital facilities abroad, and left Karolina with a passionate interest and commitment to the improvement of paediatric facilities in South Africa.
In 2009 Karolina became patron of the Carte Blanche “Making a Difference” trust. To date the trust has raised over R145-million in support of State paediatric units across the country.
Karolina has been residing in Johannesburg again since 2006.
Chris Nel has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. Since April 1998 he has practiced under the name of Viljoen Nel Chartered Accountants. Chris has been the Finance Trustee to the Carte Blanche Making a Difference Trust from its inception to-date.
Trustee Peter Grealy acts as MAD’s legal advisor. The head of Webber Wentzel’s Commercial Business Unit, he focuses on the commercial and regulatory aspects of South Africa’s telecommunications, broadcasting, media and technology environment. He regularly advises clients on commercial and corporate issues, including crossborder negotiations, e-commerce and online banking, as well as defamation and copyright law, as it pertains to the media and entertainment industry. Peter is a member of the International Bar Association and the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa, and his expertise has been recognised by a number of international research organisations, including Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers.
Nomsa Philiso is the CEO of General Entertainment for the MultiChoice Group. She has extensive broadcast and media experience spanning over 25 years, having worked across media sales, channel and content management as well as technology project implementations. She is responsible for all local content productions, international content acquisitions and channel management across the continent for the group.