Oewerfees a Big Success

THE second annual Oewerfees that was held over the past weekend at Noordoewer was a big success and saw funds raised for the Sonstraaltjie pre-primary school, according to a member of the festival’s organising committee, Mariaan Ferreira.

“We are a small school with a big dream and hope next year’s festival will be bigger, and better with more fun,” added Ferreira, revealing that N$130 000 was raised for the school during the festival.

Sonop Farming shareholder Nico van der Merwe (Jnr), who is also part of the organising committee, said the festival is not just about raising funds, but also offers a chance for the grape farm workers and their families as well as other locals to socialise, and participate in sport activities including a triathlon, cycling, 4×4 outing, running and rowing.

In addition, organisers treated sponsors with steak and wine on Friday as a token of appreciation for their contributions that had resulted in the conversion of an old shop into a pre-primary school.

“We basically killed two birds with one stone by having fun and raising funds,” Van der Merwe remarked.

He said Sonop Farming has donated 1,2 hectares of cultivation land to the school, while sponsors pledged to cover cultivation costs including labour and seed.

“Fifty percent of the proceeds from the school crop project will be spent on children’s educational development, while the other 50% will be used in the organisation of next year’s festival,” said Van der Merwe.

Plans are afoot to introduce Grade 1 to 3 classes at the school, Van der Merwe added.

Van der Merwe said this year’s festival, which took place from Friday to Saturday, was bigger and better, adding that South African music stars Wynand and Cheree entertained the crowd.

A beer tent as wells as food stalls were set-up at a tourism facility near Noordoewer.

Source : The Namibian