SA band in Guild gig to help pupils

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EOH bringing Joedhouse to EL as fundraiser

AFTER reading about the predicament of Parkside Primary in the GO! & Express, IT consulting company EOH is stepping in to make a difference by bringing well-known Cape Town band Joedhouse to the Guild Theatre stage on December 7, to help raise funds for the school.

GO! wrote about the numerous break- ins at the school earlier this year, which caused damage exceeding R250000.

No electricity, vandalised toilets and no water forced the school to shut its doors for 10 days in August until water was restored.

JOIN THE FUN: Joedhouse will be at the Guild Theatre on December 7

A lack of security around the school and corroding infrastructure also leaves it vulnerable to theft.

“EOH has decided to partner with the school to raise much- needed funds with an event for which proceeds will be allocated to the improvement and upliftment of the school,” EOH executive director Dion Ramoo said.

Joedhouse was formed last year by Devanish Hendricks, who played for five years for top South African band The Rockets.

The four-member band will share well- known RnB, jazz, pop and house songs.

Guest artists including Rick-Lynn Groenewald, son of the late SA legend Ricardo (singer of the hit I love you Daddy), and Ashur Peterson, 24, son of the late Dr Taliep Petersen (who wrote and directed many musical shows including District Six and Fairyland) will also take to the stage to get feet tapping for a good cause.

TALENTED PERFORMER: Ashur Petersen, 24, son of the late SA icon Dr Taliep Petersen will perform in East London and inspire the children at Parkside Primary School on December 7

Fronthouse manager at the Guild Theatre, Faried Kops, who helped to set up the partnership between EOH and Parkside, said: “It broke my heart to wonder how the kids get water and lights and go to the toilet.

“It’s time the community steps in and says: ‘Enough is enough!’”

They hope to raise R160000 through the one-night only show on December 7.

Principal Brian Fritz said he hoped to use the funds to build a secure wall around the property, upgrade the toilet facilities and administration block and increase security.

Organisers also look forward to bringing Groenewald, 11, and Petersen, to Parkside Primary on the morning of December 7 to perform for and inspire the pupils.

“This is a big band and these are big artists who have the ‘wow’ factor. They are highly in demand,” Kops said.

“I want the pupils to listen to them and see that there’s more to life than the drugs and alcohol in Parkside.

Student governing body chairman Thanduxolo Joseph Faku said: “We invite the community to support this production, get involved in assisting our school and take pride in it.”

Tickets are on sale at R130 each. To book your spot, contact the school on (043)722-4303 or Gino on 083-305- 5518.

The show will start at 7.30pm.

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