Students’ karaoke night a great time for a good cause

BRINGING LIFE TO OUR SHORE: Four Dutch Grand Tour students at Stenden South Africa, back from left, Nadien Jagt Nadieh Oldengarm and front, Mathilde Hoekman and Laura Lubach hosted a karaoke night at Guido’s last week, and donated all proceeds to Port Alfred Child Welfare Picture: LEBOGANG TLOU

A GROUP of Stenden South Africa students brought social cohesion, nightlife, fun and communal activity, by hosting a karaoke evening at Guido’s bar and restaurant last week to raise funds for Port Alfred Child Welfare.

Hospitality management students Mathilde Hoekman, Nadieh Oldengarm, Nadiene Jagt and Laura Lubach are on the Grand Tour exchange programme and came up with the idea. They filled Guido’s with high festivity and merrymaking.

The karaoke evening reflected a slice of Dutch and European culture. At one table, attendees played a game called Kingsen (which is rather similar to Crazy 8 in its stipulations), while songs from a catalogue of over 500 songs were sung along too in the spirit of having a great time for a good cause.

“We enjoyed every moment of organising this event, and it turned out even greater than we thought it would,” said Lubach. “We’re really proud to announce that we raised R2 290 for Child Welfare by organising the karaoke event!”

The atmosphere was warm, and inviting; and the event organisers most hospitable. In a town lacking much for youth, Hoekman, Oldengarm, Jagt and Lubach impressed Guido’s owner Toby van Tonder with their spirit for generating activity in Port Alfred.

“The girls approached me and asked what we could do together,” Van Tonder said. “They’ve done an incredible job.”

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