The DJH Youth Hostel Meppen as a Perfect Place for a Musical Evening
On September 18th, our Ubomi charity concert took place in the new beer garden of the youth hostel in Meppen. With beautiful weather, our guests could take a seat in the garden from 5 p.m. on, with many tents and tables set up. Biggi, one of the Ubomi founders, welcomed our guests and told them about the Ubomi project in Cape Town, the reason for this charity evening. Afterwards ChapeauKlang opened the concert evening, followed by Candlelight Acoustics and the Jan Pecher Trio, here playing as a duo. The three bands may have looked familiar to some, as they already performed for our living room concert series in the fall of 2020, so naturally we were all the more pleased to have them on board again this time. While music was eagerly played on stage, our guests could enjoy the burger stand of the youth hostel, record video messages for the Ubomi children in Cape Town, or inform themselves about the project through the flyers on display and the photo gallery.
Creative Possibilities to Donate
Through the concert evening we hoped to raise funds for our Ubomi project in Cape Town. And there were plenty of opportunities for this during the evening: At the beer cart, in addition to drinks for themselves, our guests could “buy” drinks for our Ubomi children. These were then billed separately and went as a donation to our project. Next to the donated candy box, which was especially well received by our youngest guests, there was also a donation box, so that everyone could also throw in a little change as they passed by.
Another, very entertaining, way to donate money was our “Jukebox”. After all the bands played their solo performances, they performed requested songs together. For this, all guests could write a song wish on a piece of paper, along with a donation amount. If this song was then chosen in the jukebox session, the song was played and in return the amount was donated. This was very amusing, because of course our bands didn’t know in advance what songs the audience would wish for. And still they mastered wishes like “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” and “Griechischer Wein”. The atmosphere was fantastic, people danced and sang along until well after midnight!