In April the band and I headed off on a tour of the Garden Route and got to stop in at www.edencampus.co.za at Karatara on our way up to St Francis Bay. I have told the guys so much about the students and the magic they are creating there and that they have made Shine their school song. It was awesome to finally get Helder, Nelson and Tony there and to put on a concert for the students and town residents in the fading light of day playing on the porch of the old town hall. It was one of those truly South African moments when we realised it was getting dark and we had no lighting. In true 'a boer maak a plan' style the students rushed around and put candles in Coke bottles and put them along the steps of the porch, and some of the local farmers drove their bakkies up onto the lawn and shone their lights on us.

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Needless to say we played about three encores with much dancing and singing from everyone there. The highlight for me was inviting the choir to come up and sing Shine with me, all of us holding a candle and singing our hearts out. By the end of the song I had the entire university and local junior school singing on the top of their lungs 'I'M GOING TO SHINE!”

One of those experiences of a lifetime. Man – I love this journey I am on!

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