Community rocks

2018-06-26 06:01
Acoustic rock band, Serrotone, performs for free in aid of needy Woodstock residents this past weekend.

Acoustic rock band, Serrotone, performs for free in aid of needy Woodstock residents this past weekend.

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South African acoustic rock outfit Serrotone and friends have teamed up with the owner of SA Maritime School, Peter Fitt, to bring a free concert to the local community­. The school has a campus based in Woodstock­.

A few months back Peter Fitt and close friend Peter Guthrie of Serrotone (ex-front man of Spoonfeedas) were in Cape Town attending Angus Buchan’s event “It’s Time” in Mitchell’s Plain.

While staying over at the campus apartment, the two Peters grabbed a guitar and went down to the streets below behind the campus. In this street, live the poorest of the poor. “We took them beer and went down to visit them and meet their families. It was the most fantastic time as a small crowd gathered and we sang songs for them. It became very jovial, the children played in the street in their pyjamas and it dawned on me, this dead end street was their home, back garden and playground. We felt a great sense of unity and care in that place, and I felt that God himself must hold these people as very special and that this little community has great purpose to reach for,” says Guthrie­.

After an hour or so of singing, sharing and drinking together, the Peters promised that they would return to the street and play a concert for them right there where they live, Guthrie continues. Fitt, who is friends with a number of people in the neighbourhood, feels the need to reach in, empower and add value to the informal community that exists beside the campus in Woodstock.

On Friday 22 June, Serrotone performed the free show, dubbed “Thirsty (Woodstock)” for the benefit of the community. The event included artists from charting bands Spoonfeedas, Cubic Inch and friends from Thirsty (Durban).

Those who attended were encouraged to bring a household supply for a family in need and they obliged. The supplies would be distributed by SA Maritime School to the community. A call was also made to churches and surrounding areas to attend the event since there would be a great opportunity for outreach. The event reportedly went well with support from members of the community.

“The SA Maritime School and Transport College was honoured to have hosted this event in aid of the needy in Woodstock, this event has touched the lives of many around the area. Lots of kids from the area came out and enjoyed themselves to the gospel sounds and warm coffee that was served,” the college says in a statement.

All the clothes and non-perishable goods were distributed among the community members who attended. All the children received gifts as well. “One could see that these kids lives were touched and will change forever. We have decided to continue with the Lord’s work for the community by running a Sunday school for the little ones and eventually proceed to having Sunday gospel services. The owner, Fitt, has a vision to change the lives of the community and he has been instructed by God to execute these plans.”

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