Rafrica helps project finish strong
Monday, January 28, 2008
By Kimberlee Rhodes
Christian University’s SGA hosted a Schools for Schools Benefit
Concert, “Rafrica” (Rock Africa) Senior Megan Potter, director of the
concert, thought of the idea of a benefit concert.
“This past summer I went to a benefit concert for St. Jude’s Children’s
Research Hospital,” Potter said. “When we started ‘Schools For Schools’
[at Oklahoma Christian] we thought it would be a great fundraiser.”
“Schools for Schools” is a program through Invisible Children, which
provides facilities for 46 schools. Oklahoma Christian is sponsoring
the Gulu Senior Secondary School in northern Uganda.
“The school [we are supporting] has over 1,000 students and only eight
teachers,” Service Committee Chair of SGA Chelsea Jones said. “Schools
for Schools provides books, desks, teachers and technology. A fresh
water well is also being built for the school.”
With much student involvement, the concert was months in the making.
About 30-35 students, including band members and the Schools for
Schools committee, helped put it together.
“They knew that Battle of the Bands worked really well to bring in
money,” sophomore Chelsea Baker said. “We didn’t want it to be a battle
of the bands only because we wanted it to mainly be focused on the
The Schools for Schools committee has let students know about their fundraising projects in many different ways.
“At first we got the word out through chapel announcements, T-shirt
sales and the World Mission Workshop,” Potter said. “After that
everything we did had our name on it, so people already knew what
[‘Schools for Schools’] was.”
The concert featured five bands, including The Matt Porter band from
Gainesville, Texas. The four remaining bands include Kaps Off, Golden
Guns, The Sun also rises and The Knickers consist of Oklahoma Christian
students. The concert raised $2490.69 in one night.
“The concert was great,” senior Brett Russell said. “My friends and I
were standing around the gym after the basketball game waiting for
Rafrica to start. It didn’t disappoint.”
Junior Courtney Bowles also gained a positive experience from the concert.
“I first heard about Rafrica from an invitation from Facebook,” Bowles
said. “I thought it would be fun to go and talk to people I haven’t
seen in a while, and I wanted to give some money to the cause.”
Best Buy, AMC and various restaurants donated items and gift cards
to be raffled off at the concert. Doozen’s Coffee also donated several
hundred dollars to purchase other prizes.
“We figured they were things college students would get excited
about,” Jones said. “Whether or not they win, they’re helping a good
cause, so we both win at the same time.”
Russell found it refreshing to go to an event that benefited others.
“There’s always something going on at OC,” Russell said. “I wanted to
go to this one, though, because it was created to benefit others. I
liked that people were getting together for a reason and not just
because it was another Saturday night.”
Sophomore Wil Norton, also a member of the Knickers, participated in the concert.
“It is a rewarding feeling when you can be able to raise money through
playing music,” Norton said. “I wanted to help out with Schools for
Schools and especially with Rafrica in any way I could, even if that
meant learning how to play banjo and join a folk cover band.”
In all, Oklahoma Christian raised over $15,000 for the Gulu Senior
Secondary School. More information about Schools for Schools can be
found at http://s4s.invisiblechildren.com/school/oklahoma-christian-university