Thank You - Off The Grid
by Janine Strumpher
So here we find ourselves in the aftermath of the Off The Grid 2017 music festival, exhausted yet satisfied. We did it! Camphill Village West Coast community pulled together and put on a fantastic event.Such great feedback from all! We are grateful for the much needed funds raised, for the awareness created in the many publications, radio interviews and TV exposure, for the work we do in providing a safe, normal life, home and workplace for intellectually challenged adults,. But most of all we’re grateful for the joy and happiness this event brought to our residents, for this opportunity to have their own festival, interacting with people from all over and with the celebrities performing. This is what makes it all worthwhile. We could not have done this without our community and our sponsors. Putting together a festival on a shoe-string budget is no easy task, but every cent saved is a cent going towards residents without family or financial means. This enables us to give these residents the possibility to live a meaningful, safe, happy life.
So a HUGE shout out to the following who have assisted by volunteering hours of their time, their infrastructure, resources and financial contributions: The Molteno Trust, Caitlin and Sune from Red Hot Events, Tentation, Cape Skips, LK Media, Urbanescence, Pierre from SAB, Klein Dassenberg Neighbourhood Watch, Paige Fiddes Photography, Rene Maritz Photography and Michells for the lovely flowers.
The wonderful support from people attending the event, the artists playing their hearts out, DJ, MC, the random people who have come and volunteered their expertise on the day, we will be in contact. Such blessings coming our way, this has been a great experience and we thank all.
Thank you for all the lovely messages and phone calls received. Here are a few of the messages received by e-mail:
“It was an awesome concert. Great vibe and music, beautiful people”
“Just wanted to thank you guys so much for having Monty’s at your amazing festival, it was an honour to see what you do, also a pleasure to meet your residents”
“Thanks for a lovely day on Saturday. It was great fun and hope to be around next year again. My mum-in-law was visiting from London – she arrived on Friday - and she had a blast of a time, so thank you again for a lovely day”
“I hope you feel very relieved “Off the Grid” was such a success. The whole atmosphere was wonderful and for me it was fantastic to see Joanna so happy bobbing about at every opportunity. I was very impressed with all the security and having paramedics on standby and all the other features too numerous to mention but much appreciated. Thank you so much for a memorable and most enjoyable festival and many congratulations.” Resident’s Parent
“I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all those that were involved in the music festival on Saturday. We had a wonderful time and it was lovely to see all the support that went into such a worthy cause. It was also very heart-warming to experience some of the residents’ excitement. Hope to attend next year again.”