Mark It!! Then Make It.
Frogs croak and we imagined a group of free spirits singing off key as we raise money for a good cause. We realized that we would need musicians to get people through the doors. We also decided that poetry would complete the package. Gradually, we managed to incorporate all these aspects.
It is a night of entertainment for everyone.
We have music and spoken word. Established artists and then ordinary fans like you and I get to share the big stage.
That is what sets it apart from a regular concert.
This year we shall actually have someone doing that traditional Kwivuga in Rukiga.
Wait, I shall not spill anymore, just wait for Friday.
P: This is the what, 3rd year in a row that C&R is being held? Has it been that successful?
Last year, we decided to move to a bigger venue and plan for bigger numbers, just like we have this year.
To be honest, it is quite an expensive and taxing event to pull off compared to the rest. Like with everything else, we have learnt on the job and each year gets better.
Last year’s was impeccably organized, if I do say so myself. The small team that pulled it together did a great job, as did the performers. We did not make much money out of it. However I have learnt from experience that in many cases, money is simply an enabler. There are more important things and last year I walked away very proud of what was accomplished.
I hope that this Friday we shall do three times better in all aspects.
P: Does every C&R have a theme? What’s the idea behind ‘Past meets Present’?
We wanted to have several artistes from the past doing songs we grew up listening to (depending on how old one is) and then have the ones who are currently hitting as well. We thought the blend would be great.
Last year, in a meeting we wondered what it would be like to have Maddox on stage and we found him (long story). This year we thought of Qute Kaye and lo and behold, there he was!
At this rate we should just include a 4040 arm of uncovering talented artistes who disappear from the scene, for one reason or another.
There are several artistes we thought of but we are glad we have this group. They are all stars in their own right.
P: The artist line up is amazing, something that one will probably not find anywhere else. It must be amazing to have so many people on board. Will one evening have enough time for everyone to perform?
That said we know that they have so many songs, many of them even albums. However, they shall only perform a set of songs agreed upon. They could each easily hold concerts and many have but on Friday, we give you a dose of all the goodness at an unbelievable charge of just 10,000.
Wait, what was the question? YES, the time will be enough.
P: Who will be benefitting from the proceeds of this year’s C&R?
P: Another dormitory, WOW! Are there timelines on building the dormitory or does the progress and ultimately the completion depend on the funds received?
P: I feel silly for even asking this but what is 40 days over 40 smiles?
We have mainly used social media and fun fundraising events to get the youth involved in changing lives.
P: There are people who are interested in helping out or being more involved with 40/40, how does that happen?
There are more details on 40daysover40smiles.org. After reading what we are all about, it’s easier for people to figure out how and when they can come in to join or support our movement.
P: What else can people mark on their calendars/ keep their ear out for this year?
Once the dormitory is complete, we shall still need to have company as we unveil the product of people’s kindness and hard work.
Our next fundraising event is Hoops for Grace on October 4th.
P: Any final remarks?
The beneficiaries, the reason we do what we do, the children whose lives we intend to impact, are counting on you and I to make this happen.
You can still contribute to building materials if you can’t make it. Either way, let us get out of our comfort zone; let us stop waiting for the right time or the right person.
The right time is now and the right person is…well that’s easy. The right person is you.