Charity a hit for musos


She has made history on the US Billboard charts. He has fronted one of New Zealand's most successful bands.

Now Kiwi musicians Kimbra and Neil Finn are hitting new notes as ambassadors for So They Can, a not-for-profit organisation active in Kenya.

Established in 2009 as a charitable organisation, So They Can is dedicated to supporting communities to end poverty with a focus on education and building the local economy through micro finance and social business. The charity runs an orphanage, school, medical clinic, business school, teacher's training college and sustainable farming projects in the Nakuru region, east of Nairobi.

HOME-GROWN: Neil Finn.
HOME-GROWN: Neil Finn.

Finn says the chance to be involved with an organisation helping at a grassroots level was too good to pass up.

“Establishing contact with a community is a powerful notion. It's been an inspiring story. Education is a powerful way for them to become empowered. Kids flourish when they have the right tools.”

Finn and Kimbra both plan to visit Kenya. “I really support what these guys are doing and the sustainable changes they are making,” Kimbra said. “[Being an ambassador] means being a part of these children's lives by giving what I can and helping to raise awareness for what we can all do to help”.

So They Can director Cassandra Treadwell says the pair perfectly represents what the organisation stands for.

“They are people who have achieved what they have because of sheer hard work, grit and determination. They are definitely the type of people we need involved in this because the people we work with on the ground in Kenya have to work extremely hard to survive every day. This organisation and project has to be around in 500 years, not just five years."

All Black Conrad Smith is also a So They Can ambassador and visited Kenya after the world cup.

Sunday Star Times