Read some of the latest Blog entries by Elvis Blue!
How the Cookie jar project was born.
Where and when we can spend time together.
With an average of 133 live performances a year, 3 platinum and 1 gold selling albums and a long list of top 10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is reckoned to be one of the most successful artists in South Africa.
He remains a rare breed in his ability to straddle both English and Afrikaans Music Genres with ease and relevance.
With his unique blend of charisma and authenticity Elvis’s shows are know for not only the perfect blend of well-known original hits and new music, but also for his comical and often whimsical story telling that sweeps audiences along in a journey that is both personal and entertaining.
We all want to do good, but we often find ourselves either overwhelmed by the sheer volume of need in our country OR uncertain about where our money would do the most good and have a real impact. At every show and with every interaction with fellow South Africans, I became more and more aware of this reality and that is how the Cookie jar was born. So my team and I find a need or a project, determine a monetary target and I tell people about it at my shows.
LOOSE CHANGE = POSITIVE CHANGE = LIFE CHANGE
The Cookie jar is not another project or a PR activity – as the goal is rather to make social action and making a difference as direct and as accessible as possible. The money never passes through my account or even my pocket, but gets paid directly to the identified projects
THE COOKIE JAR IS A MOVEMENT
Audience members at my shows have managed to contribute over R15 000 towards the purchase of musical instruments for the Casterbridge Music Development Academy, a cause close to Elvis’s heart.
In a safe and nurturing environment kids from the disadvantaged communities in the Whiteriver area can attend these hubs where they are exposed to the value, discipline and creativity that comes with mastering a musical instrument.
Through music and other educational initiatives the CMDA infuse these kids with passion and empower them to development and grow.
You can read more about this initiative here: mpuma-music.org.za
South Africa’s increasing numbers of orphaned and vulnerable children is something that many people feel helpless and heartbroken over.Read More
With stories of abandoned infants and toddlers on the increase, state funding on the decrease, there are many organisations operating in this area that are in need of assistance.
The Kings Children’s Home in East Londen operates in this very difficult space, providing kids found in the most horrendous of circumstances with safety, stability and care. You can read more about them here:
It costs The Kings Childrens Home R600 per month to educate those in their care, and the Cookiejar’ set this as it’s target in April of this year. Together we wanted to raise funds for the education of 10 kids for 1 year = R72 000. I can’t thank every single person who attended my shows to give to towards this cause enough for getting us to this amount!
A primaryschool boy from Curro Nelspruit heard about the Cookiejar and decided to inspire his schoolfriends to help him start a Cookie jar at school, with the target of raising R50 000 for a charity called Sizabantwana.Read More
The school has already raised half of the amount and I am helping them by talking about this worthy cause at my shows and giving audience members a chance to put their hand in the cookie jar!
At Sizabantwana they do the vital work of providing holistic social services to destitude, orphaned and ill children and you can read more about them here: sizabantwana.org
Last week, my 3 year old decided she was done with sucking a dummy. It was a really big deal as she truly loves the comfort and solace she finds when sucking her beloved dummy. She told me that she wanted to throw it in the see. She told me that she wanted to throw it in the see. “There’s a baby dolphin that needs a dummy, Dad!”
Nothing excites me more than performing with my band, playing my songs and the amazing experiences associated with being a musician. I just love it! Every so often, someone announces me when I get on stage.
If you have been at a show lately you might have noticed a random cookie jar at the merchandise table. By the end of the night we try fill it with cash and then we give it directly to a great cause. In this way our “get together” at a show makes a big difference.
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This is where and when we’ll be able to spend some time together.
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