Stu­dent party for a good cause ‒ SRC Pres­i­dent

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE - By SINETHEMBA WITI

A mega party in New Street to­mor­row is a step in the Rhodes SRC’s tar­get to raise R50 000 for needy stu­dents. The Ubuntu Fund, launched in Au­gust this year, aims to lend a help­ing hand to stu­dents at Rhodes who can't af­ford ba­sics such as toi­letries, food and bus fare.

Dubbed ‘The DayMare’, the event on Satur­day 14 Oc­to­ber will be hosted at Club 37 on New. The first such event to be hosted by the SRC, out­go­ing Pres­i­dent, Rolih­lahla Mabaso hopes it will be an an­nual event.

Mabaso said the SRC had been ap­proached many times by Rhodes alumni who wanted to help raise funds for less for­tu­nate stu­dents in the in­sti­tu­tion.

“We know that the de­mo­graph­ics of Rhodes Univer­sity have changed. It’s no longer true that most stu­dents can af­ford daily ne­ces­si­ties – things that dig­nify you as a per­son like toi­letries, food and bus fare,” said Mabaso.

He said as the SRC they felt it was their re­spon­si­bil­ity to help stu­dents who are in need.

“More than R25 000 was pledged at the Ubuntu fundrais­ing launch even­ing,” Mabaso said. “We are in the process of gath­er­ing the pledged money to be put into the ac­count.” He said they aimed to col­lect R50 000 be­fore the end of the year and that they would an­nounce the amounts col­lected be­fore the end of the term.

Mabaso hopes events such as this will bring about more aware­ness. “I feel like stu­dents don’t know about the fund de­spite our ef­forts of aware­ness on so­cial me­dia. By do­ing this event we want more stu­dents to know and hope­fully, they can also start tak­ing part in it by do­nat­ing,” said Mabaso.

A pub­lic­ity video shoot on 6 Oc­to­ber, shared widely on all so­cial me­dia, was a suc­cess Mabaso said. Free food and re­fresh­ments meant stu­dents came in their num­bers and he hopes to see more sup­port on Satur­day.

Start­ing dur­ing the day, the party will con­tinue into the even­ing, with the aim of en­ter­tain­ing both par­ty­go­ers and those who don’t re­ally go out at night. “Gen­er­ally, the so­cial life at Rhodes ‘the par­ties’ mainly starts in the even­ing so it’s al­ways re­fresh­ing to have a party that starts dur­ing the day, DayMare mostly caters for peo­ple who don’t like par­ty­ing into the night,” said Mabaso.

Ad­vance tick­ets are sell­ing, “slowly but surely” he said.

In the line-up are House DJ Nom­fleek, DJ Ige Scoot Sav­age, Shady.

RMR DJ’s: Free Black Souls, DJ Sisa, Deep Mafia, Sir Tezz (Pi­anist).

Rap­pers are Lu­nakill, Paige, Kearne-Dragon, BPM The great­est, Love­more, Flow, Mihlali Mn­coko, Lu­vuyo (14 K), In­noe and Sam, Landile, Sokhana, Tswak’godess Van Der Hipi, Yolisa, Shanise, Old Souls.

Live bands in­clude Yosh and The Guys, The Pil­lars, 21st Cen­tury Shamen.

Tick­ets are avail­able from the SRC of­fices, RMR and SRC hall reps. R20 first 100 tick­ets R30 next 200 tick­ets R40 from 10:30pm at the door For more de­tails: 076 7377 270 or 072 371 9155.

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