Sanitary pads collected for charity

Lending a helping hand

24 June 2020 | Local News

George Marenga; PROm Collective Singers; “It was only right we started giving back...”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


Members of a Namibian choir known as Collective Singers began collecting sanitary pads as part of a social responsibility initiative.

The choir’s public relations officer, George “Nashawn” Marenga, said the choir decided to start this initiative a few years ago.

“We wondered what we could do as a group apart from just loving to sing and staging concerts. The decision was taken to start working with charity organisations by gathering donations for them,” Marenga, who grew up in Swakopmund, said.

Collective Singers, which has several members who reside in the Erongo region, concentrates on one social responsibility project a year. This year the choir decided to focus on collecting sanitary pads for the benefit of school girls from Windhoek’s Mount View High School.

According to Marenga, the choir put the rest of their plans for 2020 on hold due to Covid-19 and will now solely focus on the social responsibility initiative.

“The pandemic halted the plans of many around the world. We would have wanted to do what we usually do every year and for which we are known for. However, for now we will focus on charity work,” he said.

Collective Singers was formed in 2014, when the co-founder and musical director of the group, Ponti Dikuua, was invited to perform at a musical event called Hallelujah Namibia. Dikuua needed assistance for this project and called a couple of his friends to help. After the show, the singer and his helping friends banded together as the 30-member choir.

“It was not planned at all. The group was named Collective Singers because of our spirit of unity and togetherness. Our members do many things collectively and spend a lot of time in each other’s company.”

Some of Collective Singers’ notable achievements include touring Northern Germany in 2018 and embarking on a tour of Southern Namibia from Rehoboth to Keetmanshoop.

The group was also involved with MultiChoice’s 25th Anniversary in 2017 and toured the Namibian coast and to Cape Town in South Africa.

“The choir has members from all walks of life, varying ages and distinct career paths. The biggest challenge yet has been keeping the group together bearing in mind that most of the members are fulltime workers and students. We consider each and every individual during our planning,” Marenga said.

To date, Collective Singers has released one album titled Uukumwe, which means “Togetherness” in Oshiwambo. Some of their original songs include: “My Namibia”, “Back to Namibia” and “We Have Hope”.

To help support their cause, contact 081 613 5755 or 081 778 3441.

Collective Singers can be found on social media at Collective on Facebook and on @collectivesingers on Instagram. Music lovers can also subscribe to their YouTube channel: Collective Singers.

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