BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY
This is an event I have organised a few years ago to raise funds for the very actively involved Beautiful Gate charity from South Africa. This Non-Profit Organisation is doing great things for vulnerable children and families as well as children orphans.
The gig and Dj set
First of all, the fundraising music gig took place in Dublin at the Q Bar (now River Bar), Burgh Quay on Thursday 16th September 2010.
It showcased Ras Rob and Dale Turner deejaying skills.
The night was very successful with more than 80 attendants partying!
DJ MUSIC VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACKS
Secondly, to listen to Ras Rob and Dale Tuner’s tracks, check out the below soundcloud mixes and video:
As far as the gig is concerned, it has also been a success in terms of money raised for the charity Beautiful Gate South Africa.
Indeed, we have been able to send 360 Euros via online banking to finance a week-long holiday club for 200 primary school children to do fun and educational activities run by teen groups who develop planning and leadership skills!
Furthermore, the staff from Beautiful Gate South Africa really appreciated your donations.
To prove this, they have sent us a little report with pictures and a video, which you can see below:
“The children in Crossroads have always been fanatical soccer players. With the recent World Cup, the enthusiasm has got even higher than usual.
Many of the junior (under 13) teams are run by older teenagers, who meet and train by the side of the road in drainage areas – even the local schools don’t have a grass playing area.
Although the soil is naturally sandy, they dodge broken glass, old rusty metal faeces and stones, often playing in bare feet. The older boys who are the team coach/manager have had no coaching. ‘Training’ is often an impressive word for a kick-about.’
BEAUTIFUL GATE CHARITY ACTIONS
Consequently, Beautiful Gate has invested in a grass sports field that is safe and clean. It is used by local groups and schools for soccer, netball, and athletics. We work with the teenage soccer coaches to:
- help them learn about coaching
- become good role models for the younger boys.
This week, there is a Soccer Holiday Club – 16 teams of up to 20 boys (under 13) on our field. They arrive by 10 am every day to join in a session about life skills before playing their matches. The life skills sessions cover topics such as respect, responsibility and hygiene. We also link the topics with practical examples of behaviour on the pitch as well as opportunities to act as linesmen during the matches.
The soccer is taken very seriously – not only pride is at stake! Many of the Bafana Bafana players have come from communities like Crossroads.
They have also been able to escape poverty through their footballing talent. Few have the talent and luck to make a career out of football. But our hope is that all the boys will be able to build a better future for themselves, through the life skills they learn and through improved strength from the physical exercise.
Organisation Support and Community Development Manager’.
Finally, you can make online donations as well as check the children playing soccer in this YouTube video and slideshow: