GRACE KNIGHT ANNOUNCES CHARITY SHOW IN HEALESVILLE
CHEPKINOIYO BUILDING PROJECT, KENYA
Grace Knight is doing a one night only show at the Healesville High School as part of the Chepkinoiyo Charity Show. The concert aims to raise much needed funds for the Chepkinoiyo School in Kenya, a charity that is close to Grace’s heart.
The project aims to raise $10,000 to build the first permanent building for the school, which is situated near Nakura around two hours north of Nairobi. Since its establishment after the post-election violence in Kenya four years ago, the school has become dilapidated with leaking roofs and rotting timber. The dirt floors expose children to high dust levels and the tin exteriors cause sweltering hot temperatures. Despite the poor quality of the temporary school buildings the school stands as a symbol of peace and integration in a violence prone community.
Grace says she was inspired to get involved by two friends, Emily and Thomas McKenzie, who started the project while volunteering as primary school teachers at the school. “They were attempting to raise money to complete three classrooms and so far they have raised a bit over $3000 but they need a lot more to build the three classrooms they need,” she says. “I wanted to try and give them a hand to get the project finished and figured the best way I could help was to put on a show and give the proceeds to the building fund. My musicians are donating their time and talent to give me a hand with this and many of the local businesses have donated goods or services we can raffle so it is very much a community effort.”
Despite the uncomfortable facilities at the Chepkinoiyo Primary School, at the start of this year they had an enrolment of 150 students from very poor families. Since the introduction of the Chepkinoiyo Building Project the enrolments have been increasing rapidly. The project has begun constructing a new school building that will consist of three classrooms and be used to educate approximately 75 students aged between three and seven years of age.
By purchasing a ticket to the Chepkinoiyo Charity Show punters will be directly helping the project and all proceeds on the night will be donated. “By sponsoring this school we are helping many children access their education and aiding the growth of the community as a whole,” Grace says. “You can donate on the night of the event where I’ll be doing a heap of songs. I’ll be chucking Eurogliders’ songs along with stuff from my solo albums and a few of my personal favourites that I’ve never done live before.”
The Healesville High School have also donated the use of their auditorium for the Chepkinoiyo Charity Show and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the fund. In fact, everyone involved in the evening is donating their time to help the project get off the ground.
Grace Knight is one of Australia’s most enduring talents – with ARIA nominations and chart topping recordings in each of the past three decades, she is revered not only in jazz circles for her solo work, but also as the front woman of the enigmatic pop band Eurogliders. Acclaimed for her live performances, she is one of the finest interpreters of popular music in Australia today.
Friday 5th September 2014 | 7.30pm
Performing Arts Centre, Healesville High School, HEALESVILLE VIC
10 Camerons Road, Healesville VIC
Donations to the project can be made via Paypal, Personal Cheque or Direct Deposit by visiting www.chepkinoiyo.wix.com/chepkinoiyo and clicking on the Donate page. For more information please visit www.graceknight.com.au