This is an event I have organised a few years ago to raise funds for a very actively involved charity doing great things for these vulnerable children and families and children orphans.
The fundraising music gig took place in Dublin at the Q Bar (now River Bar), Burgh Quay on Thursday 16th September 2010 and showcased Ras Rob and Dale Turner deejaying skills. The night was very successful with more than 80 attendants partying!
To listen to Ras Rob and Dale Tuner’s tracks, check out the below soundcloud mixes and video:
The gig 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!
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, but with the recent World Cup, the enthusiasm is even higher than usual at the moment. Many of the junior (under 13) teams are run by older teenagers, and 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, and ‘training’ is often an impressive word for a kick-about. 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, and we work with the teenage soccer coaches to help them learn about coaching and to become good role models for the younger boys.
This week our field is being used for a Soccer Holiday Club – 16 teams of up to 20 boys (under 13) 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, and we link the topics with practical examples of behaviour on the pitch and 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 and have 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
Online Donations: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/beautifulgate
Please also check out below the Youtube video link and pictures” slideshow showing the children playing soccer: