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Party for your local charities

“Partying for the People” is the motto Loose Change Events lives by, but what exactly does that mean? Shannon Frost tagged along with Loose Change to get the full idea of their unique charitable events.

Loose Change Events current logo. Photo: Loose Change Events Facebook page.

Loose Change Events current logo. Photo: Loose Change Events Facebook page.

If enjoying loud music, sun-kissed skin and cold drinks, while helping to feed the less fortunate appeals to you, then you need to get involved with Loose Change events.

Loose Change, which was started last year by Rhodes University students Jarren Thomas and Andrew Lawrie, has teamed up this year with the SPCA Grahamstown and the Grahamstown Feeding Association (GFA) to make a difference in the local community. Loose Change believes that giving should be fun which is why they created the ultimate summer beach party experience at the Kariega Lagoon where students were given a discount on tickets for donating to the cause.

Donations included cans of food for the less privileged at the GFA and pet food for animals at the SPCA – 30 percent of profits made from the event were also donated to these charities.

The whole idea is the more cans you donate, the cheaper your general admission ticket becomes.  “It’s about the incentive at the end of the day. People want to give back and make a difference in the world but where do you start or how do you do it? So that’s where we coupled having a good time and giving back,” explains Thomas.

Loose Change has continued to give back to the Grahamstown community by regularly visiting the SPCA with an open invitation for all students to join. Loose Change met the excited puppies and kittens of the Grahamstown SPCA last week Wednesday on 22 April. Members of Loose Change washed, walked and bonded with the homeless animals and encourages more students to join them because of what a difference it makes.

Kate Lindsay volunteers with Loose Change at the SPCA Grahamstown last week. Photo: Shannon Frost.

Kate Lindsay volunteers with Loose Change at the SPCA Grahamstown last week. Photo: Shannon Frost.

Chairperson of the SPCA Grahamstown, Karen Kouari, explained how an event like The Kenton Beach Party and the donations will have a huge impact. “The cost of animal food is on the increase and any donation of food is greatly appreciated,” she said. Kouari received the donations a week after the event and is optimistic about working with Loose Change in any future events.

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One of the founders of Loose Change, Andrew Lawrie, with one of the puppies available for adoption at the SPCA Grahamstown. Photo: Shannon Frost.

“This time round we’re looking to get between 5000-9000 cans of food,” said Thomas when explaining the great response he received from students. Loose Change envisions hosting many more recreational events with the initiative to give back and connect with the wider community. Loose Change is hosting the Winter Warmer Festival this weekend at the Grahamstown Airfield. The charity Loose Change is supporting is The Street Store, a pop-up charity store, giving away clothes to the poor.

“We’re also trying to bring something new…something to give people the incentive to get out of Grahamstown,” stated Thomas.

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Contact the SPCA Grahamstown for information on how to adopt today. Photo: Shannon Frost.

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One of the founders of Loose Change, Jarren Thomas, volunteering at SPCA Grahamstown. Photo: Shannon Frost.

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SPCA Grahamstown worker assisting Kate Lindsay bath one of the puppies up for adoption. Photo: Shannon Frost.

If you want to involved with any of these organisations, follow the links below.

Loose Change

SPCA Grahamstown

The Street Store

Grahamstown Feeding Association (GFA) – (046) 622-9717

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