A singing competition at a leading restaurant in Claremont left patrons with teary eyes and goosebumps on Friday 19 July.The contest was for children aged between six and 13. To set the tone for the evening a drumming group from Mitchell’s Plain drummed and marched into Rodeo Spur.Restaurant branches started the singing competition last year in Johannesburg and it was brought to Cape Town this year with only selected restaurants running the competition locally. Rodeo operations manager Nadia Paulse says the competition was awesome. “It was so much fun, everyone really enjoyed hearing the little voices,” she says adding that the competition was meant to have only 20 singers and she ended up with 27. The competition ran until the restaurant closed its doors for the day. “The kids left everyone with wet eyes, with some tears rolling, because they sang from the heart. “It was truly amazing and a night full of fun,” she says.Rodeo runs several events to involve the community and Paulse says it is their way of giving back and to thank the community. “When we look at the people that come to the restaurant it is the people right next door. “They have kept us going for years and to have programmes that involve them and improve their communities is a way of saying thank you. It is not all about us taking, but also saying thank you.”She adds that they are really grateful for the support and the loyalty of their customers. “We are a family here. Our restaurant is not like others that are at the malls and people just happen to go there because they are at the mall. For us, we are on the side and people make a decision to come here and we are grateful for that,” she says. The winners from all the branches that took part will compete for the R30 000 grand prize on Tuesday 8 October at Navaho Spur in Brackenfell.