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With a Battle of the Bands on Wed., Mar. 16 at the Whiskey Nightclub, the University of Calgary Rotaract Club aims to raise money for a South African orphanage for children with HIV.

The U of C chapter of Rotaract, a division of Rotary International for people between the ages of 18 and 30, is attempting to raise money for the Teresa Willis Home of Hope in Sabie, South Africa, a home for orphaned children of parents who have died from HIV.

According to executive of club service Kevin Majewsky, the home was donated in March of 2003. The donor gave her home to the Rotary Club during a drive for an unrelated cause.

"At the start, they had nine children living in the home," said club President Angela Clay. "It's a huge crisis down there, since the only adult time the kids get is once per week for an hour in a room with one adult (along with) 30 kids."

One hundred per cent of proceeds will go to financing the operations, upkeep, and maintenance of the home, which is named after the donor.

The Battle of the Bands begins at 8:30 p.m. on Mar. 16 and will feature the rock and roll stylings of four local acts: 5 Star Affair, Flatbed, Clockwork and The Firm Handshake.

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