SRC to host UP Spring Day bash

MICHAL-MARÉ LINDEN

The SRC will be hosting the annual official UP Spring Day event on 7 September. The event will take place from 13:00 to 22:00 on the Rag Farm and will feature a beer garden, food stalls, benefit concert and fun activities. Tickets are R50 pre-sale and R60 at the door and the event is open to all UP students.

Peter Kamlongera, the TuksRag chairperson who also serves on the SRC as the TuksRag ex-officio, explained that the event is in aid of UP students with disabilities and that a portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the disabilities unit on campus. Kamlongera explained that based on the success they had with the [Rag] procession in terms of attendance and the money they managed to raise, they decided to host a Spring Day with the same format. “Initially we hadn’t even thought about [hosting a Spring Day] event this year based on the past failures and the fact that we haven’t really had one in the past three years,” he said.

Kamlongera explained they are keeping the event simple with live acts, food and drink to maximise the appeal and to ensure the event doesn’t run at a loss. The event runs in parallel to TuksRag’s charity initiative, Casual Day, which was launched last year in collaboration with the UP disabilities unit and the Unit for Community Engagement at UP. “With the success we had with Casual Day at UP, where last year we raised R50 000. We said if we want to maximise [the success]- as we want to raise R100 000 this year- we should use the same format as the benefit concert, pledging a certain amount, and combining it with the Casual Day [initiative]. So it’s a form of ‘Casual Spring Day’,” said Kamlongera. So far stickers to raise funds for the UP Casual Day initiative have been on sale on campus and 40% of the sales will go to the UP disabilities unit while the remainder will go toward the national Casual Day initiative. In addition to the Casual Day initiative, the funds raised from Spring Day will be pledged to the SRC’s R10 million Game, but more specifically the students with disabilities that will be aided by the SRC campaign. Kamlongera highlighted the ultimate aim behind Spring Day is reaching out and giving.

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