I am not the type of person that normally gets involved in good causes, charities or community projects, you know the type, yes, I have been one of them all my life. I was the guy that drives past the car or train wreck without rubbernecking to try and see dying or broken bodies; I just didn’t want to be involved. My indifference towards the beggars at the traffic lights was always a source of exasperation to my friends and family. I always ignored the homeless, the disadvantaged, the busker, averting eye contact at all costs as I went about my business.
Recently though, I have been experiencing a change of heart. Perhaps I have grown a conscience, I don’t know. I have always been a news follower, be it on television or internet; maybe it is the result of watching the sad, sick world where gangs, paedophiles, rapists and murderers make the headlines on a daily basis that has affected me, again, I really don’t know.
Maybe because I have seen other people making an effort and making a difference that have much less than I have, so what is my excuse for not trying to help? I don't have one, so here I go!
This is baby steps for me, so bear with me. I recently got involved in a project run by my wife’s son, Shane. He is trying to make a difference to some needy children, and I am going to try and help. He has started a project aimed at using music to free our youth from abuse, drugs, and gangs, changing the world one child at a time through the love of music. The project will raise funds to buy music equipment for children in the Cape Flats area. Shane and a bunch of his music loving friends will teach and mentor the children in a safe environment. Go and check out the web page below or FB page for more information.
At the age of 52 I have joined Twitter, and learning how to Tweet as part of the process. Shane recently developed a FB page and designed his own web page and I ask you to go and look at it and if you want to help, hit the like button http://www.facebook.com/music1life1hope.
And the webpage is www.musiclifehope.com or follow us on Twitter at @music1life1hope. The goal is to get as many likes as possible on the FB page before launching the project internationally.
We will shortly be launching our project on an American site, indeigogo.com as they specialise in raising funds for these types of projects and if you are follow us on FB or Twitter you will be kept up to date on our progress. We have some friends helping us both here in South Africa and in the USA; to all those volunteers we say a big thank you!
Hey, who knows, if my faith in humanity is restored, maybe I will stop and tip the busker or beggar in the future.
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