If you’ve ever been conflicted between going for an afternoon jog or indulging in the very addictive activity of live rock music reverberating in your ears, ponder no more. The solution is offered by a unique event this weekend that starts out as a fun run but then changes dramatically into a full-blown rock concert.
The “Pick n Pay Rock ‘n Run” Windhoek jog and show is held this Saturday 20 February at the United sports field, Olympia in support of the fight against cancer in partnership with the Cancer Association of Namibia, First National Bank and Pick n Pay. The anchor performer is Francois Van Coke with Snotkop, Emo Adams and Karen Zoid & Friends adding their talent to ensure a delightful evening.
In a recent interview with the Economist one of South Africa’s most adored Afrikaans Rock band singers Francois Van Coke said “I’m very excited about coming back to Windhoek, especially because I’m going solo this year.” Van Coke then exclaimed “Rock ‘n Run Namibia!” with laughter, adding that he will perform songs mostly from his self-titled new album but will also play some old time favourite tracks.
Madri Frewer, Marketing Manager of FNB Namibia said “We are proud to be part of this event as it promotes a healthy lifestyle with a 5km or 10km run, followed by a music festival which can be enjoyed by the whole family.” Not only is the bank challenging all their staff members to become involved as proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Namibia which is also a donor recipient of the bank. “We are taking it a step further by spicing it up for all Namibians who participate – we will reward the best dressed runner with an amount of N$5000.”
Sketching FNB’s involvement, Frewer said more was on the cards, such as an additional N$5 donation to the Cancer Association for all participants when they pay their entry fee with a FNB debit or credit card. “Through this we ensure that we drive the right behaviour and encourage people to make use of our electronic mediums which save time and money” she said adding that the bank sees the work of the Cancer Association as a great cause to support.
“You are also encouraged to come and visit our POP UP store in which we have wonderful goodies for sale or catch a balloon at the final stages of the run and win one of 40 prizes” she invited all prospective joggers and rockers.
FNB Namibia will have a mobile ATM on site for those who need cash.
The “Rock ‘n Run” running section of the event starts at 5 pm. This lasts two hours with the rock concert scheduled to begin at 7 pm.
The Pick n Pay Rock ‘n Run concert helps the Cancer Associations with fundraising but it also provides a ready platform to disseminate its message of hope to a mass meeting.
Tickets cost N$175 for adults and N$100 for children under 18 (under 5 enter for free). Tickets are for sale at all Pick n Pay stores nationwide and at Windhoek Gymnasium.