The KineticIV Impact 

The Message Team arrived in Citrusdal on Friday morning, 20 November, 2015. The team partnered and were hosted by Hebron Community Projects who work with schools and farms in the community. The Message had planned a youth outreach weekend aimed at impacting many young people who come from difficult backgrounds.

Shaun Pretorius speaking to the youth

Shaun Pretorius speaking to the youth

The weekend began with our team running a school outreach programme at Paardekop primary school. Our team was welcomed by over 250 excited children, who had heard about KineticIV and were excited to hear from the band.

Our team prepared and implemented a three hour creative schools programme for the school. This involved hosting a school talent show that included grades 1-6 showcasing their musical and dance talent. 

One of the favourites was a young girl called 'Eljure' who sang a familiar South African song called “Hoor hoe raas die stilte” and had the whole crowd singing along!

Before KIV performed our team spent time getting to know the children, engaging them through creative ice- breakers, jokes and Gilead (KIV band member) teaching them the popular dance called “the whip and nae nae”. 

Jabulani Majola sharing with the children

Jabulani Majola sharing with the children

KIV then gave the school a taste of what they could expect at the full concert on Saturday by performing two of their original sound tracks , ‘More Than This” and “Storm” - it was a joy to see the children going crazy and enjoying themselves!

On the Saturday more than 300 people showed up for the first Hebron Citrusdal concert. The audience included a mix of kids parents and grand parents, this was a massive breakthrough as the whole family was present. Generally, in farming communities families are engaged in heavy drinking, to witness families coming together and engaging in positive activities was significant.

When KIV were due to perform excitement filled the room as Neil (Chairperson of Hebron Community Projects) introduced the band and The Message Team. Meryl (KIV female vocalist) came up to introduce the team individually and got the children ready for the evenings events.

During the concert KIV delivered an electrifying performance that even got the grandparents to their feet! In between performances KIV band members Jabulani and Meryl shared their stories to encourage and uplift everyone in attendance.

After the KIV performance Shaun (Band Manager) shared his story of overcoming a life of drugs and alcohol abuse. After sharing his testimony, he made a call for prayer and twenty people made a response.

KineticIV concluded the evening with some crowd interaction, including dancing and singing and finished off with a final performance of the crowd favourite, “Storm”.

The team were commended for their performance and received positive feedback from both the Owners of the life centre and the community. 

The valley will never be the same again
— Neil Hall - Chairperson: Hebron Community Projects
The team really inspired us to pursue our dreams
— Cisco: KIV Concert Attendee

The team completed the weekend by leading a church service on Sunday morning. Meryl and Jabulani, along with the local church band led worship and one of our team members shared an inspiring message.

Neil Hall, chairperson of Hebron, and some of the church members took time during the service to motivate and encourage The Message to continue in their work amongst young people and promised to pray for the team.

If you would like to know more about KineticIV and are interested in your church or oganisation doing a schools outreach contact us on info@message.org.za

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