After the somewhat sobering content of our previous article, we are lifting the mood to bring you a bit of fundraiser report-back merriment.
A couple of weeks ago, this blog did an article on the up-coming Medieval fundraiser for Joburg North. In that article, we mentioned the new SCN House-Band Splurge! would be making their debut. This fundraiser was heavily promoted, and a decent period of notice given to the public.
On the 14th October a report-back email was sent out accompanied by some pictures taken at that event.
The short description and ONLY feedback from this fundraiser was the following:
“On Saturday the 4th of October, Gauteng Scientologists got together at the Johannesburg Org for the Medieval Ideal Org Rock Concert! The Africa Landlord briefed on a new building which has been found for Joburg North”
- From the pictures below, the event was poorly attended. We have compared these pictures to an event held in January this year – the plunge in attendees from then to now is plainly evident.
- Despite many notices and lots of promo about about this event being a “medieval theme” it seems most of the public ignored this and came along dressed any-old-how. This too, is in stark contrast to previous fundraisers where at least 80 – 90% of the public got into the “spirit of play” by dressing up accordingly.
- Yet again they report having found a building. What exactly does this mean? Going back over the years, Joburg North has “found” at least five buildings in the past – all of which have resulted in no product. Finding a building and BUYING a building are completely different things. This news is not new at all and the lack of any other data (location, price, have they actually paid for it yet etc) is somewhat of an outpoint.
- Assuming these are the best pictures they have to offer, when one compares them to other fundraising pics, it is clearly evident that public attendance, enthusiasm and willingness to enter into the spirit of things has worn very thin.
On with the promo, Here are some excerpts with our comments.
The above picture is probably the one taken at the end of event – it is customary to get everyone up on stage for the last shot of the evening. Usually by then many people have left, but non-the-less, we counted just 22 people – 12 of which are staff members, leaving a total of 10 public on stage.
Compare this to the Barn-Dance fundraiser held in January (pic below) and one can instantly see the vast difference in numbers:
Again, as a comparison, this is the picture of people receiving commendations at the Barn Dance fundraiser in January – more than double the people with commendations and more than double public vs staff.
And then there were these:
We are not exactly sure what these two are doing – perhaps members of the newly announced SCN house band Splurge? We recognise Graham Holmes on the left playing his new squeegee instrument, but are not sure who the chair-drummer on the right is. Rather odd choice of musical instruments.Doing the hokey-poky Medieval style?
And we close our Medieval Report with this.