Spinning disks to make a difference

Noble cause
Leandrea Louw
Walvis Bay • [email protected]

A fundraising initiative with a difference will take place at Dolphin Park on Friday.

A group of local Disco Jockey’s (DJ’s) and musicians teamed up to entertain music fans and raise funds to purchase food parcels as well as support local non-profit organisations.
According to David “The Big D” Williams, a local DJ and the organiser of the Cooler Box Party, that the aim of the bash is to generate funds for the vulnerable community of the harbour town.
Funds raised will be used to provide food parcels for 200 residents.

Seven DJ’s including Ice B, Pello, Mack, Sylance and The Big D will be on the decks. They will bring their own unique brands of musical flavours in addition to performances by local rapper Ike ‘Ixa’ Adonis and the Weekend Band. “The gates will open at 18:00 and the party will continue until 06:00 on Saturday morning. During the night we will lower the volume since there are people living in the area. The bungalows are available for people to overnight. Partygoers can bring their own ‘chop and dop’. Let’s make it a great bash,” said The Big D.

The office of the mayor will be handling the distribution of the food parcels with the recipients to be identified by the various church leaders. “The church leaders will identify and issue tokens to vulnerable members in their respective congregations. This token will then serve as a ticket for the collection of the food parcel,” the mayor of Walvis Bay, Trevino Forbes explained.
Forbes said that residents had a very difficult two years, and that a lot of people lost their jobs. “Some are homeless and we need to cater for these people. The organisers of the event assured our office that this food parcel will be sufficient for about a week. We will provide a proper food parcel for our people.”

Williams emphasised that the current Covid-19 protocols will be enforced at the party. “It is important that the partygoers remain safe at all times. It’s an outdoor event, which will also assist in ensuring that our people are safe and apply social distancing.”

The Narraville Neighbourhood Watch will look after the overall safety of all partygoers. “There will be 20 neighbourhood watch members on duty. The cars will be looked after and I can promise you there won’t be any fighting. There will also be busses transporting people to and from Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.” The neighbourhood watch members will also be on the lookout for those who want to take chances and drive under the influence of alcohol. “There is going to be roadblocks to make sure those using the road can do so safely. It’s December and if we look after out for each other, we can all be safe and happy.”

The target is to draw 1500 people at N$200 a ticket. “The funds generated will not be utilised for the acquisition of stuff for the food parcels only. We want to assist the Narraville Shack Dwellers, Kids Haven and the Narraville Old Age Home as well.” The mayor also challenged coastal residents and visitors to come out and support this initiative. “By doing so you will be supporting the vulnerable members of Walvis Bay who really need our help. Some of us have food to eat while others are not as fortunate”, he stated.