Kathy held annual concerts in which her students performed since Music Matters began until 2011 and donations were taken to benefit many worthy charities. Now students wishing to perform book at an Open Microphone Event held four times a year in Steynsrust, Somerset West. Kathy finds that this works better as more time can be given to course content during the year.
Just a few of the charities who have benefited are:
- - Helderberg Hospice, Somerset West
- - Animal Welfare, Somerset West
- - Cotlands, Somerset West
- - Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West (funds to help re-plant indigenous plants after a disasterous fire)
- - Patch, Somerset West
- - Chilanga Riding School for the Disabled, Somerset West
Kathy's connection with CHILANGA RIDING SCHOOL FOR THE DISABLED
When Kathy was 12 years old, she contracted a serious kidney disease and was given three weeks to live. A friend of the family heard about her illness. His twin brother had died of the same illness. He had made a study of the illness and was able to oversee the specialists in treating Kathy. She was put in hospital for five months and was on medication for two years during which time she had pneumonia twice and was very weak. Towards the end of her medication, she was asked by the specialist to tell him what she had always wanted to do but had never had the chance to do. Kathy loved horses and longed to ride. The specialist insisted that she be booked into a riding school immediately and she was booked into Chilanga Riding School where Sally Kluth gave her a reason to live as she rehabilitated her on horseback!
Kathy's mother always taught her that we are blessed to be a blessing. Kathy has raised funds for Chilanga Riding School for the Disabled since 2005 at her annual guitar school concerts. In 2008 she held an auction as part of the concert and just over R20 000.00 was given to Chilanga. In 2009 one of her students, well known artist Jacques Vrey, donated a beautiful oil painting which was raffled and together with donations taken at the guitar school concert, a grand total of R25 480.00 was handed over to Chilanga.
Kathy wrote a peaceful instrumental many years ago which she never named. It always reminded her of the passage in Psalm 23 “He leads me by streams of water”. When Sally told her that Chilanga means “Place of water” the purpose of Kathy's second CD was very clear. She would call her instrumental “Chilanga” and use the Chilanga CD is to raise awareness and funds for the Chilanga Riding School for the Disabled! There is a dedication to Chilanga in the CD booklet with their NPO banking details should anyone wish to donate towards this worthy cause. There is also a multi media slide show on the CD of some of the disabled children riding at Chilanga. The “Chilanga” CD sells for R120.00.
Chilanga Riding School for the Disabled is a Non Profit Organisation and gives free riding therapy to nearly 200 disabled children weekly. Many of these children come from economically disadvantaged homes and Chilanga also collects and distributes food and clothing for these families.
Sadly Sally Kluth passed away on 23 Spetember 2016 leaving Chilanga to continue in her memory so that her "Forgotten Children" will continue to benefit from this amazing therapy
Should you wish to buy a CD or help to sell CD's, contact Kathy on her cell 072 447 3925