Urban Charity Event Southend-on-sea

A hip-hop fund raising event has been planned for Thursday July 30th from 8.30pm to 2am at The Kursaal Function Suite, Southend-on-sea, Essex. All profits made on the night will go direct to registered charity Gua Africa towards the building of an academy for children affected by war and poverty in Sudan and Kenya.

The charity was founded by rapper and writer of 'Warchild' Emmanuel Jal -ex child soldier from the Sudanese civil war who was rescued by British aid worker Emma McCune. Emma was tragically killed some time after helping Emmanuel and he has made it his life's mission to help children and families recover and rebuild a future for themselves and their country through education.

Land for the project has been secured and the centre will be called 'The Emma McCune Academy' – Emmanuel is only been eating one meal per day until his goal is accomplished. Emmanuel’s life is now dedicated to help bring peace / education / understanding and tolerance to war torn regions of Africa and he acts as an ambassador for several other big charities in the region.

Further info on Emmanuel, the charity and its current projects can be found on http://www.gua-africa.org

The venue / performers / printing and organising for the event is all being done free of charge so that all profits after travel expenses will go to Gua Africa. Kathy Joyce, the lady who had the idea of putting on the event was stirred into action after seeing Emmanuel on TV and reading his book. Her initial response to his story was to cry for days until she realised that the way to stop crying was to do something positive to help and the idea of a hip hop evening took shape.

The programme for the night is as follows:

8.30 to 10.30 – DJs Bald MC / Dubwise and Silvastone play 1×40 min slot each (Bald MC will be general host for the evening). During this time Kayzar hip-hop dancers will be freestyling on the floor generally.
10.30 to 10.35 Kayzar dance performance
10.35 to 10.50 – 4 DMC turntabalists perform 'Question and Answer' jam set
10.50 to 11.10 – rapper 9 Lives
11.10 to 11.35 – rappers Word Perfect
11.35 to 11.55 – rapper Lchelmee
11.55 to 12.10 – break (with DJ and dancers)
12.10 to 12.35 – Emmanuel Jal and DJ Silvastone
12.40 to 1.40 – open mic rap competition for trophy enscribed 'Gua Africa Open Mic Champion 2009'
2 am finish

The cost for the event is likely to be £6 before 10.30 and £8 thereafter – there will also be a collection on the night so anyone who would like to support the cause but cannot make the event can still donate.

For further info on the event contact Kath on kathlotus@hotmail.com

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