Patrons party for a good cause

2019-07-09 06:00
Attendees of the Vinyl Party.PHOTO: paulo photography

Attendees of the Vinyl Party.PHOTO: paulo photography

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All roads led to Heathfield High School for the annual Vinyl Party to raise much- needed funds for the alumni on Saturday 29 June.

The alumni was established and formalised during 2016, following an initiative driven by a handful of passionate past Heathfield High School learners that culminated in the construction of a school hall, after nearly 40 years after the school was built.

The alumni is a separate entity that is registered separately from the school. It does fundraising events and keeps the money and makes decisions as to where and when to use it at the school.

The party has been happening for the past three years, hosted by Heathfield High Alumni Association (HHAA) and masterminded by Nigel Peplouw, also known as DJ Peppie.

DJs at the event kept everyone on their feet as they rolled unforgettable old school classics one after the other. With entertainment by Candice Thornton, DJ Richie, DJ Roger, DJ Peppie everyone had a party to remember.

One of the organisers Dahlene Hanslo said they had the best party ever and they were still trying to recover. “It was so exciting, and people had fun. We also had a big prize to give away this time. The party gets better every year,” she says.

In the past two years that the party has taken place, they have managed to raise a reasonable amount of money and have contributed to one sporting event to date.

Hanslo says: “We are only doing our part to help the learners. We want the best for them. The money is not enough but it will help in some way. We are looking at having another fundraiser but that is all talk at the moment.”

It is alleged that Heathfield High is in a bad financial situation and the alumni and other people are doing all they can to help the school.

“Our aim is to assist the school and, from the things that they need, it is clear that our once a year party won’t do much – but instead of sitting, we will do something and bring in a little bit of money. We are happy that the party was a success and the learners will benefit from it,” she says.

Hanslo adds that the alumni also aims to preserve the strong traditions and heritage of Heathfield High and foster a bond of unity and fellowship between all past learners, the current staff and former staff at the school. “We always strive to raise funds for the HHAA and to provide financial and other forms of assistance to the school to look to improve the educational, sports and cultural facilities and equipment at the school,” she says.

The alumni has no final figures of how much was raised at the last party. They will get the amount in weeks to come.

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