The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)’s 2nd Infantry Brigade in Francistown will host a series of musical concerts in the north to raise funds for the needy. The tour will commence on June 27th and end in August 2nd.
The concerts are part of the BDF’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative and outreach programmes intended to help the underprivileged within the BDF’ 2nd Infantry Brigade’s area of operation. The area stretches from the Central District to the North East, Francistown and Chobe through to Ngamiland District.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, the coordinator of the project, Captain Bokang Gaobotse, said the initiative was hatched this year.
“This is the first project of its kind and it was started by the 2nd Infantry Brigade in Francistown. We have a fully-fledged band and we want to utilize it to raise funds for underprivileged members of the community rather than depending solely on donations from soldiers. All the soldiers from the BDF 2nd Infantry Brigade are expected to take part in this initiative,” he said.
He added that the band will perform different genres of music, ranging from traditional Tswana dance music to gospel and disco music. The shows will be held in areas like Tutume, Maun and Sowatown.
“We will charge P30 in villages and P50 in towns like Orapa and Sowatown,” he said.
To demonstrate their commitment to charity, Gaobotse said they will also hold a Wellness Day in Maun on the 19th and a fund raising dinner on the 20th of July in collaboration with Sedie Hotel where revellers will be required to pay P180.00.
“We will jointly host a concert and a dinner with Sedie Hotel to raise funds,” he said.
He also revealed that the BDF will communicate with various social welfare departments to identify beneficiaries.
“We are going to work hand in hand with different councils in the region to help us identify the beneficiaries. We plan to build houses and give food parcels to the needy,” he said.
Gaobotse said they intend to hold the charity event every year and they have already opened a bank account called the “Two Brigade Disaster Fund” in which they will save the proceeds. He also appealed for support from members of the public, the business community and corporate organizations.