That was the day when I stupidly forgot my camera in my car! The photos in this post is from Auto Alpina’s Facebook page.
For those who don’t know: Worker’s Day (1st of May) is a public holiday in South Africa.
Worker’s Day: Hard work p(l)ays off
Damelin Centurion were crowned victorious as the most Not Normal team in the Paint your MINI competition held at Auto Alpina Boksburg’s annual market day and fundraiser. The day also included a Cram a MINI competition.
It was all for a good cause, because the proceeds that Auto Alpina and Damelin raised will be donated to St Francis Day Care Centre.
The winning team from Damelin Centurion decided that because the day was held to aid the children at St Francis, to decorate and paint their demo car with cartoons.
Seventeen orphaned children from St Francis Day Care Centre were transported in MINI’S to the event. “There are currently 29 children at the day care centre,” said Ms Francina China, a secretrary/administrator at the centre.
In the Paint your MINI competition twenty MINIacs team competed against each other to create the most outrageous and colourful designs in alignment with this year’s theme: Not Normal. Some of the competitors were customers and brought their own private MINI’S along to paint on them. The rest were demo models sponsored by Auto Alpina. They also sponsored watersoluble paint and brushes for the contestants.
The contestants were judged on the following categories: Not normal, originality, creativity and design. The Judges were Robin Cadle representing Damelin, Thulie of St Francis, Kobus Muller (singer) and Maggie Goetsch, from Auto Alpina Boksburg.
Three teams of the Damelin campuses then competed in a nail-biting event to see who can fit the most members into a MINI under one minute.
The day was made possible by Sales Manager Jacques Roux from Auto Alpina Boksburg and Robin Cadle from Damelin Boksburg. They are very closely involved with the St Francis centre. The idea conceptualised six months ago when planning the Paint your MINI competition. “I love doing events,” said Roux.
Kerry Staples (Academic Co-ordinator of Damelin Centurion) received the trophy and first prize on behalf of the Damelin Centurion team. First prize included a weekend for two at Leopard Song Golf Estate and a hamper consisting of goodies from Coke, KMS California, Emperors Palace, MINI, Cappello and Nestle to the value of R10 000.
Hugo’s car’s theme was Red bull and was decorated with little monsters, because he said that “they are the little monsters in your Red bull drink that makes you jive.” He was in the top three and finished as first runner up. He walked away with the second prize: a hamper valued at R4000.
Shanté with her “weird and abstract car” was second runner up. She received a hamper to the value of R2500.
Some of the other contestants:
Odette’s MINI’S registration plate reads: “I’m free” and that is how she decorated her car. “MINI is life” was written across the wind-screen and she used paper stencils to decorate her car.
Manuela was there with her daughter, Monique, and her grandson. Monique’s car was painted with an old school theme in mind and Manuela’s grandson helped her decorate her MINI: “by Nana and Grandson”.
Other activities that day:
There was also a Craft Market, a stage with a range of entertainment including Morgan Beatbox, prize giveaways every 15 minutes, a Lucky draw, winning clothes, jewelry etc., food stalls and entertainment for the kids. Red bull gave out free drinks.
The craft market included interesting stalls such as Pick and Paint Ceramic, Hirsch’s Homestore competition, Sand Art Witbank and Dejavu Designs to name a few. Dejavu Designs held a modelled their clothes for a photo shoot.
Pick and Paint Ceramic supplied interesting sculptures of different shapes and sizes. It is Johan and Madeleine Nel’s local starter business has been operating for four months now. They make the ceramic sculptures at home.
DJ Kyle (Kyle Cassim) was the host and kept the audience entertained with local acts such as Morgan Beatbox who showed off beating 5 sounds at once,
Kobus Muller (who won the Super Stere competition) and 3D Band among others.
ER 24 was there for medical emergencies and to change the public’s perceptions about their work. ER 24 is a privately owned company which transports ill patients to the nearest hospital. They don’t work directly for any hospital. Francois Cohn (a basic medic) and Gerard Dreyer (an intermediate medic with 22 years’ experience) explained the difference between basic, intermediate and advanced care.
A basic medic can apply basic first aid or oxygen but no medication and must work under a supervisior. An intermediate medic can put in IV-lines or drips, apply ECG (shock therapy to traumatised patients) and some medication. An advanced medic may make use of more medicines and drugs, apply tubes and adrenaline. Both intermediates and advanced medics can work independently.
A portrait entitled “Paragon for humanity” by a first year engeneering student at Damelin Boksburg, Samuel Mofokeng, was also auctioned off to raise money for the day care centre. Paragon means “perfect example”. Samuel explained the meaning of the portrait: “A woman is portrayed with a chain around her neck. She represents the human race. The chain is a symbol of the ‘mundane society’ and the things that can pull us down such as pain and heart ache. At the bottom of the portrait a light can be seen that breaks the chains. The light represents the children or love. Love breaks all chains.”