Old school spin feeds local kids

2015-05-05 06:00
The children all recieve a meal and a snack pack on the day of the event Deejay Unite hosts for them. 

The children all recieve a meal and a snack pack on the day of the event Deejay Unite hosts for them. PHOTO: supplied

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Three DJs are putting their talents to work in an effort to bring relief to children in what they believe are often “marginalised” communities.

The DJs all hail from Grassy Park and have established the organisation DeeJays Unite.

Quinton Lodewyk, Derick Brock and Richard Abrahams aim to raise funds by hosting events such as old school functions. The proceeds from these events are then used to assist local communities.

Mark Rossouw says the DJs use their collective talents to host fundraising events.

“The funds raised at the events are then employed to bring relief in the form of feeding initiatives and relief aid,” he says.

Rossouw says the first such benefit gig was held at the Retreat Civic Centre on Friday 27 February.

The group also hosted an event for children on Saturday 4 April.

The event, which was named Feeding a hungry child, was a joint venture with the Wynberg police.

“The beneficiaries were about 150 children from the Hillview informal settlement in Lavender Hill, the Knowles informal settlement in Ottery and Bonny Town in Wynberg,” he says.

Rossouw says the children were collected from their respective communities by bus.

“The children were entertained, which included a play, face painting, five-a-side football, jumping castles and a stellar performance by a breakdance group,” he says.

The children were also given breakfast, lunch and a snack pack.

“The group would like to convey its gratitude to the A-Team support group, pastor Nick Chadwick, Wynberg police station, donors and all who support the fundraising events,” he says.

Rossouw says the DJs believe that a project like this benefits the children in the community because they are exposed to something new.

“The children benefit by being treated and cared for by this group. It gives them a sense of belonging and lets them feel that they are not forgotten,” he says.

Rossouw says the aim of the group is to make a difference in the lives of the children, even if small.

The next event is a blanket drive on Thursday 30 April.

Anyone who is interested and would like to get involved can contact Quinton Lode­wyk on 081 366 4376 or his wife Karen on 083 252 4085

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