BDF Concerts Get Positive Response

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since its inception in 1991, the annual Botswana Defence Force (BDF) concerts staged around the country have been receiving positive response from both companies and individuals, BDF’s deputy director of protocol and public affairs, Lt Colonel Charles Oye in a post-concert interview on December 5.

Lt Col Oye said so positive had been the feedback that this year they decided to hold the Jwaneng event over two days because of the impressive turn up they witnessed last year.

“There were not enough tickets for everybody who wanted to give support, but our intention is to get all the support we need and so we have decided to create that opportunity,” he said.

This year, on Friday, hundreds of music lovers including children and the old, as well as philanthropists had thronged the Debswana Club Hall in Jwaneng for yet another of BDF’s popular annual concerts.

Even though the event started on a low note and the hall was not initially filled to capacity like it was last year, the turn up was impressive on the second leg of the festival with revelers cheering and dancing to the different performances which comprised a variety of music genres.

On the price increase, Lt Colonel Oye said the feedback from supporters suggest that the entrance fee could be increased because the performances were of high quality.

He however noted that they only increased the entrance fee from P60 to P100 this year because their intention was to make it as affordable as possible to everybody who would want to support the initiative.

He noted that even though raising funds was a daunting task, they continued to receive massive support from individuals and different companies, some of which bought bulk tickets at a higher price to support their noble gesture.

He further said that every year they received more requests from recipients and since their main objective was to raise funds, they always try to minimize costs by asking for free accommodation and negotiating for low rental prices from areas where they perform.

This, he noted, always helped them to realise their mandate of helping as many non-governmental organizations and needy individuals as possible.

“I thank Batswana for the support and feedback they continue to give us because it also makes us realise that we are still relevant in what we do,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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