5FM DURBAN TAKEOVER
By: Sonam Bhagwandas
This past weekend saw the 5FM radio crew take over Durban like never before! The entertainment lined up for the four-day takeover varied from a fashion show on Friday at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, live broadcasts from various 5FM DJ’s as well as a fundraising for Umthombo Street Children’s Home situated in the heart of Durban’s City Centre.
Volunteers turned up in their numbers this past Sunday in support of The Umthombo Street Children’s Home which provides temporary shelter for destitute children abandoned or those who have run away from home to live on the streets. The 5FM Durban Takeover team together with volunteers set out to paint the Drop-In-Centre’s dormitory and social work area in an initiative to give back to the Durban community.
“We wanted to give back through helping Umthombo by painting and uplifting the environment the street children come into. I am very happy to be a part of this and 5fm together with the volunteers are honoured to be giving back to those who are in need,” said Khaya Nyadi, one of the volunteers who spent most of his day at the centre painting.
Lindela Mchunu, the Operations Manager of Umthombo was beside himself with the contribution made by 5FM and explained to the team as to why the centre was in such need of a ‘makeover’.
“These boys have been in and out of the centre as it is a Drop-In-Centre as we are not legally allowed to have children stay here for a long period of time. Umthombo is a non-profit organisation which seeks to help street children through various activities. We do several sporting activities with the boys to keep them occupied so they are kept away from substances such as glue,” said Mchunu.
Mchunu also mentioned that with the help of 5FM and others who choose to contribute, they are able to help many children and even get them to go back to their families.
Among the volunteers who participated in the day’s events was Ms Earth South Africa Finalist, Julia Gramkow, who is a Graphic Design student at Vega. In her interview with Iziko, Gramkow stated that she was rather humbled to be part of such an event. “As a finalist of Ms Earth SA we are expected to do a certain amount of fundraising for the community and Umthombo was one of the most in need as they deal with children who have nothing and no one to depend on. I have worked with various organisations but being able to be hands on actually painting the centre itself has been an amazing and humbling experience,” Gramkow said.
Despite the 5FM Durban Takeover being one massive party, they had set their sights in helping improve the lives of children in Durban and have done exactly that. Every little contribution goes a long way.