Kimberley Song (A SAFER WORLD FOR CHILDREN)https://www.mybodyismybody.com
This is a new recording of the song "Kimberley" a true story about a little girl who was a victim of Child Abuse, sung by Alexia Schoeman. Alexia is a 13 year old South African singer from Pretoria who has been featured in several International advertisements.
In early 1989, whilst in Texas Chrissy Sykes (Songwriter) was at a dinner party where knowing she was a singer, the hostess asked Chrissy to sing a song. She sat down at the piano and for the first time played the song “Kimberley” for the guests. Unaware that one of the guests at the dinner was the President of the Texas Child Welfare Board who loved the song, Chrissy was asked if it could be used as a method of raising funds and awareness for Child Abuse in Texas.
Chrissy consented and later that year during Child Abuse Prevention Month the Texas Child Welfare Board sold 14,000 records and tapes of the song and raised $70,000.
As a promotional aspect Chrissy travelled Texas for 3 weeks and found herself being introduced to talk to children in schools and giving general public presentations, thus giving birth to the “Kimberley Project”. Not being a human services professional Chrissy felt uncomfortable and inadequate speaking the first time to 500 children and then over 2000 at the next location, but spoke nonetheless with her natural warmth understanding and sincerity. She was a success and children and adults were disclosing their being abused for the first time ever, to anyone, at the rate of 15% per presentation.
Chrissy found audiences being receptive and open, not only to bring up the subject of child abuse, but learning the problem and how to prevent it. Music being her main mode of communication these presentations stirred her creativity and from her own experiences and those shared with her, she began to write her thoughts through songs and here began the “My Body Is My Body” Program. Working closely with professionals Chrissy put together the program that would go hand in hand with the songs. The program was approved by the Department of Human Services in Texas.
In Memory of Kimberley
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