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Organisers hail VOC Family Day

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Organisers of the first ever VOC Family Day at Ratanga Junction has lauded the public’s support on Sunday, after the target of selling 5000 tickets was achieved. While ticket sales got off to a slow start when the event was first launched in November last year, there was a huge demand for tickets in the week ahead of the event.

“The last week was the best as ticket sales picked up a lot during that time. Most of the people started buying their tickets the last week. People exceeded our expectations, they even wanted to come through the gates at 3pm,” said VOC marketing manager Sukayna Johaardien.

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Despite the event being a success, the biggest shortcoming was selling tickets.

“It was the hardest to get those 5000 tickets sold. We wanted to pre-sell the tickets so that people would not have to purchase on the day. We reached our target so that is fantastic,” says Johaardien.

Minimal planning went into the event as everything was organised by Ratanga Junction.

“Logistically everything is in place at Ratanga,” says Johaardien.

The funds raised will be distributed between the VOC Water Project, VOC Bursary Fund and the daily running of the station.

The smooth execution of the first VOC Family Day had the station’s events planning calendar kicking off to an excellent start.

“Three events were postponed – the VOC Golf Day, VOC Festival and VOC Family Day – which challenged us financially. We had to postpone [Family Day] with the rain last year and everything just came to a standstill after that,” says Johaardien.

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Speaking to VOC News, some families expressed their delight, saying the event was well worth the price.

“We are a family of six, so it’s quite expensive. But after the event was postponed, we had time to save for tickets. And it was definitely worth the effort,” said Nazeema Raymond from Lentegeur in Mitchell’s Plain.

Fa-eek Daniels from Bonteheuwel said the entertainment was good as it catered to young and old.

“The kids kept themselves busy on the rides all day, which meant more time for me and my wife at the main stage listening to the amazing artists. It was a very relaxing afternoon.”

Roshaan Taliep, who spent some time at nasheed competition, said she was in awe of the artists.

“I love nasheed music and to hear these talented youth brought tears to my eyes. Well done VOC!”

There was some criticism. Many patrons complained about the long queues at the rides and the pricey food at Ratanga’s food court, which would cost a small fortune for a big family.

“Overall, the event was well organised. But for those who cannot afford it, you have to budget on the food,” said Aniesa Wyngaad.

Brothers Ameen and Abbas Carlson, 11 and 12 years old, experienced Ratanga Junction for the first time. They could not contain their excitement.

“The Cobra and Monkey Falls are the best! We want to try everything, but we will definitely do those rides more than once.” VOC

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