SOS at High School Jam!

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Craig Jordaan

Karen Burt and Gavin Taylor from the GrandWest Casino have a passion for the youth, and their latest project saw over 1 200 teenagers performing at two Sold Out performance at the Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino, Cape Town, for the High School Jam and KFM Singer Songwriter Challenge in August! Various companies including Gearhouse South Africa and Sound Stylists joined hands as sponsors for the event, while DWR Distribution’s SOS Charity Fund donated R5 000 a winner of the competition, Craig Jordaan, for creating the best Music Video titled ‘Indecisive’.

“The new KFM Singer Songwriter Challenge achieved everything we envisioned and more in terms of us uniting communities and teenagers,” said Karen Burt, who also heads up the Inspired Stages programme. “This is definitely going to become another highlight on the calendar for our youth. I have received so many beautiful WhatsApp and Facebook In Box Messages of positivity, gratitude and above all team spirit amongst the teen teams and groups who were all competitors against each other but who have truly embraced the #Inspired2UNITE theme for the year and event. This is what encourages us to do what we do.”

She added, “To all our sponsors, you are so appreciated and valued by all of us and we look forward to continuing changing lives together with yourselves for many years going forward.”

Karen Burt and Gavin Taylor share a vision to empower teenagers and young adults through interactive transformational workshops in life coaching, performance masterclasses and mentoring. Under their leadership, youngsters not only attend workshops in dancing, singing, music and acting but are given a foundation to grow in confidence in a nurturing environment.

Craig Jordaan’s winning video:


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