Durban - The weather didn’t come to the party on Friday night as organisers of Vivian Reddy’s birthday bash battled to erect marquees and play equipment for the Durban businessman’s R3 million celebration.
Reddy, a close ally of President Jacob Zuma, is due to party up a storm on Saturday with 10 000 children from impoverished backgrounds when he celebrates his 61st birthday.
The philanthropist is to join children from 120 disadvantaged schools and orphanages in a bash at Moses Mabhida’s People Park, which will include activities such as zorb balls, rainbow inflatables and slides.
But preparations got off to a shaky start last night as the wet, windy weather threatened to put a damper on festivities.
“We’ll have to set up everything early in the morning because everything is being blown down by this strong wind,” said one of the organisers.
After the party, the play equipment will be donated to Childline for a fundraising event tomorrow. Reddy has offered the cash-strapped organisation financial assistance by sponsoring the venue, activities and equipment.
He said it would be an action-packed family fun day.
Funds will be raised through ticket sales.
“In addition to bringing Durban families together for a day of fun, the event is being held to raise much-needed funds,” Reddy said.
Acting operations manager for Childline KZN Vanespiri Pillay said that for R30 a child and R50 an adult, members of the public would be able to enter the park and enjoy a wide variety of fun activities for the day, from waterslides to an inflatable disco.
The event will start at 10 am and end at 5pm. Tickets can be bought from Computicket or at the gate on the day.
“Considering the very difficult financial position we are in at present, this is a real lifeline.
“We appeal to the public, young and old, to support us and, more importantly, come and join us for a day of awesome fun and laughter,” Pillay said.
Urging the public to come out in full force to support the event, Pillay said the organisation helped tens of thousands of children each year through their Crisis Line, counselling and outreach programmes.
“We believe children should have the right to be children and to have great fun with their families,” she said.
Independent on Saturday