"We got in a van and went to Soweto. Which is very much in the ghetto of South Africa. I was nervous in the van just because I didn't know... I didn't know what to expect. I didn't, I didn't want my emotions to get the best of me. I knew I was going to be seeing a lot of kids and... But the thing that was most inspiring to all of us when we got out of the van (was) they were singing and they were just... the positive energy that exuded from these children, the faces of these kids and the willingness that they had to take everything that was given to them and use it to the best advantage, for their future, for the future of Africa. It kind of lit a fire under me. And it made me realize, in a positive way, that when it comes to things like hunger and shelter and education and that kind of thing, a little bit goes such a long way. And so I just said, okay, well I'm going to do as much as I can to raise as much awareness and raise as much money as humanly possible... I mean, we're all so fortunate and so lucky to be in the positions that we're in. And when you have that kind of, when you have that kind of situation and when you've had a bit of success in that platform, it's our duty to discuss and to help the kind of the universal things that everybody realizes need to be helped. You know we're all in it together. You know, it's a great thing where everybody's singing music, I think, that represents the common humanity that everybody shares in this world. And so, I've been very inspired by the work that my fans have done...And so we're going to have a good time and raise as much as possible"
A great Josh interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJpesyEGl8o (8:43-8:58-sweetest 'awwww' moment )
Only Josh can say it in this way!!
The goal is simple, which is to raise $27,000 by Feb. 27, 2008, which will be donated to JGF in honor of Josh's 27th birthday! All the funds raised by this project will be used specifically to help the children of Siyawela (formerly Zamimpilo).
I thought today I would share this story I heard as I think it is so appropriate to what we are all doing here with Raise 27.
The Farmer (a wee meaningful story):
" There was a farmer in Nebraska. He had a barn that weighed about 17,000 pounds. It was under water and needed to be placed on a new foundation. The foundation was about 150 feet away up on this higher incline. So his son came together and created this lattice work of steel tubing and he nailed it and welded it on the inside and outside. Put handles all the way around the exterior. And this farmer called all his friends and asked them to bring friends and 344 people showed up and in 3 minutes they picked up this barn and walked it 150 feet and placed it on it's new foundation. Each person carrying 50 pounds."
Tell me how much all of us working together can carry when we all grab a handle. But first, this cause, these children of Siyawela have to have a handle on you.
So c'mon ... let's all grab a handle! We are so much better working together on this!
We can all help to Raise 27!
Everyone is helping. We are ALL part of it. And I believe your light will so shine that an entire world will see it's compassion and mercy. I KNOW it will see, has already seen, everyone's peace, patience, joy, goodness, kindness and faithfulness. An abundance and diversity of gifts expressing themselves for the common good. Wonderful and caring people like you, Josh, his family and everyone here who are helping!
My love. My Gratitude. Cindy
Commemorative Video made with love by Colleen:
With Love to Josh
GRAND TOTAL RAISE 27
$44,227 (Wild huh? Josh's birthday 2-27)
Amazing! What we can accomplish when we give with love!
Thank you to everyone who supported this in any way with your loving, giving hearts!
The Groban Family: Chris, Jack, Josh and Lindy.