A CREW of 11 local DJs have spent the past few weeks raising funds for the needy as part of the Yolo Lounge charitable drive campaign. DJ 98%, Massive Deep, Lloyd X, CLG, Christy, DJ Ice, Masta J, Agent Sisaman, Deep Go Deeper, DJ Evenz and DJ Reezy heard about the plight of children at Khayalethemba Special Care Centre and decided to make a difference.
Yolo manager Zalalem Wakjira said the R12500 subsequently raised was used to buy groceries, stationery and chair, which were donated to the centre last week. “We meet different people on a daily basis so we wanted to do something good for the community. If people are willing to come and listen to our music, it is a good thing that we also give back to the disadvantaged.”
He said they wanted to ensure a fun way of fundraising. The main event started on December 3 last year when patrons were asked to donate shoes and clothes in a charity box.
“On that night we had all the DJs playing for an hour each and we charged a R30 entrance fee. We made R6000 and we had our staff contributing R6500 from their own pockets. Our customers brought in a lot of clothes.”
Plans are under way to make it an annual event. “We are trying to get more people to participate and raise more funds than we achieved this time. The support we received was great – even the graphic designer did not charge us for the posters.”
Khayalethemba Centre administrator Yolisa Maplanga said they only received a quarterly subsidy from the social development department. “We are looking after 33 children with special needs and when the DJs asked us what we needed, we told them to bring food because we had to wait until the end of March for the next grant.”
She said the centre was grateful for the donations.DJ Christy said she was happy to sacrifice her time for a good cause.“We are not only about entertainment. We are also concerned about the happiness of those around us,” she said.