Dancing for Rain

The RainDance partners this week announced that 31 dances were recorded and submitted in a competition to raise awareness of the devastating effects of the current drought.
In the groups category, the Village Café in Swakopmund came out tops while Mauricio Smit aka Spiderman from Windhoek won the category for individuals.
“They joined in many shapes and places: Spiderman on a mission to make it rain in Windhoek, young women on the chilly North Sea coast in the Netherlands, farmers of the Maltahöhe Resettlement Community in front of their farmstead, or half of Swakopmund at the Mole beach” read a statement jointly issued by Bank Windhoek, Gondwana Collection Namibia and EES.
The initiative was noticed by President Dr Hage Geingob who expressed his regret that, due to other engagements, he was unable to participate but he congratulated the organisers of the #RainDanceNamibia Competition on raising awareness of the water crisis and encouraging Namibians to save water.
“Yes, you danced like crazy and really made an effort! You downloaded the Rainmaker song by EES, drummed up your friends, rehearsed the choreography, edited your video and posted it on Facebook. Thank you! And while you were busy with your rain dance it did in fact rain, albeit unfortunately not everywhere. The dams which supply Windhoek with water have had very little influx so far. The residents of the capital city therefore have to continue their efforts to save water.”
Bank Windhoek contributed N$40,000 in cash prizes to the competition which ended on 31 January 2016. When the winners were chosen the Head of Corporate Communication and Social Investment of Bank Windhoek, Riaan van Rooyen, said: “A big thank you to each and everyone who participated in this event. Your participation made sure that the all-important message to save water was spread far and wide. Special thanks are due to EES. He let us use his Rainmaker song without cost and he got the competition started by making his own call to action video.
Gondwana’s Managing Director, Mannfred Goldbeck, added: “When we awarded the cash prizes we didn’t necessarily put the artistic qualities first. It was very important to us that the video clips included a call on viewers to save water. Because that is really what this competition was about.”

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