Ubuntu party raises funds

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE - By SINETHEMBA WITI

There was over­whelm­ing en­thu­si­asm among Rhodes Uni­ver­sity stu­dents for the SRC DayMare Ubuntu fundrais­ing party last Satur­day at 37 on New. Stu­dents who at­tended said they felt good about the fact that they were help­ing needy fel­low stu­dents while hav­ing a good time. The mostly stu­dent au­di­ence paid an en­try fee and artists – mostly stu­dents – per­formed for no fee.

The doors opened at 2pm and stu­dents thronged at the door, where most bought their tick­ets. Speak­ing ahead of the show, out­go­ing SRC Pres­i­dent and co-or­gan­iser Rolih­lahla Mabaso was optimistic.

“I am def­i­nitely ex­pect­ing a large crowd – pri­mar­ily be­cause we’ve sold most of the pre-sold tick­ets and there are a lot of peo­ple com­ing in buy­ing tick­ets at the door so that’s very ex­cit­ing to see,” he said.

The brain be­hind the ‘DayMare’ con­cept, Freddy Seageng, who is also the Sports and So­ci­eties Coun­cil­lor at the SRC, said the event was planned two months ago and de­spite the or­gan­i­sa­tional challenges they faced (chang­ing venues, get­ting spon­sors and hav­ing lit­tle mar­ket­ing time), it was a suc­cess.

“I’m re­ally happy with what we’ve achieved,” Seageng said, “the party was a dif­fer­ent vibe to what that venue usu­ally has, with the live band, artists and po­etry – stu­dents en­joyed it.”

For most of the artists, DayMare was an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent as well as do­ing some good for less for­tu­nate stu­dents and they were happy to be part of it.

Band mem­ber In­no­cen­tia Sibi said she was hon­oured to be part of the event.

“As a stu­dent who comes from an un­der­priv­i­leged back­ground, I know it’s not easy to go through uni­ver­sity without fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance,” Sibi said, “so it’s very im­por­tant that we cel­e­brate these days and recog­nise what the Ubuntu fund is do­ing, in help­ing stu­dents.”

An­other artist, Lu­vuyo Khat­s­haza AKA 14K, was also taken by the fundrais­ing idea. “It’s a good ini­tia­tive, which helps out stu­dents that are in need of as­sis­tance, from ac­com­mo­da­tion is­sues, fees and ba­sic ev­ery­day ne­ces­si­ties It’s al­ways good to give back to those who are dis­ad­van­taged."

There was how­ever, some con­tro­versy over whether it was okay to serve al­co­hol, with some stu­dents ar­gu­ing on RU so­cial me­dia plat­forms that it was wrong to use al­co­hol as a pro­mo­tion strat­egy.

“Ini­tially I was puz­zled about the idea of it be­ing a party, while it’s a fundrais­ing cause,” said one of the stu­dents at the event. “Even when they were ad­ver­tis­ing drink spe­cials, only al­co­hol was ad­ver­tised. There was no juice spe­cial for peo­ple who don’t drink, like my­self.”

Se­nior Eco­nomics stu­dent Cebo Ma­trose said he at­tended to help raise funds and aware­ness about the Ubuntu con­cept.

“I know what it means be­ing a needy kid - the strug­gles of be­ing some­one who is in need of R10 to buy bread and not know­ing where your next meal is go­ing to come from. So I just want to lend a help­ing hand be­cause I per­son­ally feel this is some­thing I can at­tach my­self to. I know the strug­gles out there is real,” Cebo said.

Mabaso said they were happy about it. “I was im­pressed with the turnout, con­sid­er­ing it was in the mid­dle of the month,” he said.

“Long-term plans for the fund will be drafted for rec­om­men­da­tions to the in­com­ing SRC," Mabaso said. "We will now as out­go­ing coun­cil lobby alumni and SRC alumni to sup­port it, and will leave it up to the in­com­ing coun­cil to lobby stu­dents to en­sure the fund works.”

Landile Phillip per­forms dur­ing the SRC DayMare for the Ubuntu fundrais­ing event. Photo: Sinethemba Witi

Photo: Sinethemba Witi

Mu­sic lovers en­joy the SRC DayMare event.

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