Harnessing raw talent

2016-06-21 06:00

Ocean View’s most talented will be vying for top spot in a local talent competition.

From Saturday 25 June, school pupils are invited to participate in auditions for Ocean View’s Got Talent.

Held by the Ocean View Care Centre and KHM Productions, the event looks to remind the youth that each one is talented, says organiser Rob Freeman.

“School holidays are coming up and we need to cater for the (hundreds) of kids doing nothing during this time,” he says.

“We want to impart to them that they are all talented in some way. It may not be specifically in the arts, but possibly with their hands (technically speaking) or with computers, soccer or whatever.”

Freeman says the event was inspired after visiting Johann Kikillus at the care centre.

“Seeing the social needs there, the abuse and drug problems and the ripple effect it has on the community and how Johann has dedicated his life to Ocean View Community as a whole, really inspired me,” he says.

“He handles problems on many different levels – from abused women and children to dealing with government on many social issues. I thought if one man is doing such a great job then maybe if all of us just do a little bit we can make a big difference there.”

They have opened the event to children between Grade 1 and Grade 12 and expect a big turnout of excited, talented kids, Kikillus says.

“Although it’s from Grade 1 up, if a Grade R child wants to throw down a line, they are welcome too,” he says.

Teens not in school, but younger than 19, are also encouraged to enter.

“We’re looking for prizes to be sponsored that will change lives, whether it be a bursary or a recording deal or a laptop with recording software, and we are appealing for donors,” he says.

The purpose of the show is to validate the children and make them feel good about who they are, adds Freeman.

“Ocean View is extremely talented and we need to harness that for good. The aim of the Care Centre is really to build up Ocean View one brick at a time and I just want to put my brick in.”

V To showcase your talent, email your full name, school and grade or age to khmproductionhouse@gmail.com or register at the care centre to audition.

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