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    Teens Raise Thousands With Annual Benefit Concert

     
    In 2010, two young men driven by passion and determination put together a benefit concert to help fund their 4-month missions trip to Kenya, Africa. With the help of friends and the support of their local church, they raised over $2,000 with the event, and their trip to the slums of Africa was fully funded.
    It sparked a revolution in their hearts and a desire to turn the concert into something bigger.
    Now, two years later, the event has occurred four times and has raised well over $20,000.
    Together, the two young men and a team of friends have name their concert AFROCKA, combining rock music and entertainment with efforts to raise money for the impoverished people of Kenya, Africa.

    The 4th annual AFROCKA concert took place on August 17th, 2012, which included a night of music from two bands, a dance crew, skit, concession stand, photo booth, art auction, message from the co-director, and more.
    AFROCKA partnered with the non-profit organization Love By Action, sending 100% of the funds from the concert to Victory Junior Academy - a school for young children in one of the poorest slums in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Previous concerts funded the Baraka School and Mission in the Mathare Valley Slum, the building of Jabali School in Nairobi, and the building of numerous wells throughout the drought-stricken land of Kenya.
    It hosted bands such as We Are Leo, Brenton Miles, Jimmy Needham, and The Spark.

    The goal - as stated on their website - is, "to not only raise money for projects, but to cultivate creative thinking in a generation often paralyzed by the size of world problems. AFROCKA is about creativity; its about realizing the value in our one life as we choose to speak out for the marginalized and those in low places."

    AROCKA's team of college students has worked tirelessly to bring this event to a whole new level. It is not only an effort to raise money for Africa - it is a desire to inspire others to rise up and make a difference in the lives of others.
    It's a movement bent on "sparking revolution, destroying injustice, and advancing love."

    Visit the website at www.afrocka.org to learn more.
    Read about Love by Action at www.lovebyaction.org.
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