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BELIEVE - THE HACKNEY EMPIRE - 18th September 2010
The foundation’s annual community event took place this year on September 18th in the Hackney Empire. This year’s event focused on encouraging young people to believe they can achieve their chosen goals. The audience were treated to an array of talent from rap to poetry from dance to opera to samba. Most of the pieces performed were written and presented by the performers themselves that demonstrates the wide pool of talent that exists within our community.
This year’s event w as hosted by Tasha Danvers 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and local comedian Lee ‘Lil’Man’ Vassell. Both brought a positive and uplifting atmosphere to the event and whilst keeping to the fore the reason for the event kept the audience entertained and at times had them in bouts of laughter.
The annual event take place in September each year and are normally a part of Hackney’s week of peace and is now in its fifth year.
The main aims of the events are to remember those young people we have lost to gun and knife crime over the years. It is also a time for reflection to look back on steps we as a community have taken to prevent another person dying needlessly. We also hopes that it prompt us all to look at changes we can make for the future to reduce the likelihood of the community loosing more young people.
The events are also aimed at reducing the negative image cast on young people in the borough because of the wrong doings of the few. This also has a knock on effect on how the rest of the city of London sees Hackney and indeed the view the rest of the world may have of us. We want to show that there are positive thing being done by the majority of our young people. Each year we hope that these messages gets through to the audience who will tell others about the wonderful community we live in.
The audience were also treated to a fashion show with garments designed and made by students on the foundation’s summer projects run each year in conjunction with Hackney Community College. Lady Gaga influenced this year’s theme for the fashion show and as the models strutted across the stage each received a rapturous applause.
The designers were then presented to the audience along with one of the project’s tutors Melissa Lewis. The ages of the participants ranges from twelve to seventeen and all were delighted to see their creations been viewed by the public. Britain’s next top designers maybe? We look forward to it.
Hackney’s mayor Jules Pipe gave an up lifting speech in which He said: “Some of the best of Hackney’s young talent will be performing today, not only to entertain us this afternoon, but to make a positive contribution to the community. “We can celebrate the positive energy, dedication and hard work done here in memory of Robert Levy, and at the same time, encourage young people to stand up, speak out and break the silence around youth crime.”
Rev. Rose Hudson–Wilkin delivered a thought provoking pause for thought that lead into a minute silence in memory of Robert and all those who were taken from us over the years. During this segment the audience were encouraged to make their own personal positive changes that will be seen as an example to our youngsters, something good to which they can aspire.
Students on the RLF summer motor vehicle summer project were presented with certificates as recognition for their hard work on this year’s project, which was to continue the build of the kit car started last year. The final part of the summer motor vehicle project will take place on September 23rd when the group will be taken to Brands Hatch on the weekend of the final race of the British Touring Car Championship as guests of Ian Berry of Brands Hatch and one of the top race team ‘Team Motorbase’. Keep checking the site for updates ton this visit.
Short films produced by participants on the summer film project were shown. The coordinators of the project Mark Walters of RLF and Anna Johnson of Hackney College were extremely pleased with the quality of the pieces produced. Both showed outstanding talent by the producers of each film, which we hope will lead on to greater things. Both films shown had an informative and positive message.
The first took us on a journey around the borough to various places of interest that shows the diversity of this wonderful place we live. The second film took us on a journey of one individual who has turned his life completely around and is now a fireman in the borough. Apart from his day he job is now doing positive things to encourage young people away from crime. Credit to the filmmakers Richard Chua and Andrew Hill who have taken part in this project over the past three years, Adam Hawkins and Connie Powell who took part for the first time. Surely future filmmakers in their own rights.
Last year’s host and actor Kat gave a motivational talk that encouraged youngsters not to follow the path that focuses on material things but one on which takes the on a positive personal growth and on which they can inspire others. As usual Kat being himself had us all in stitches with laughter.
The event ended on a high with special guest Fr3e a rap group that was full of energy, backed buy a fantastic dance troop who appear to know all the steps to this new dance been demonstrated to the audience.
At the end of the event all were invited to The Ocean Music Venue where RLF partnered Hackney Quest in providing a community meal for the evening. This has been a part of the foundation’s annual event over the past four years. It’s a just one way that the foundation believes the community can come together in a relaxed atmosphere have a meal together and a chat. We hope everyone had a good time and took something away from the day’s event. We would like to see you all again next year when we will have an even more exciting event for you.
The Robert Levy Foundation would like to thank all its supporters and all who help to make the day a successful and enjoyable one.
We would also like to thank all the residents of Hackney who worked so hard behind the scene preparing and serving food in the Ocean, the staff of the Ocean, the staff of the Hackney Empire. Most of all the community of Hackney, who continue to support and inspire us both as a family and as a foundation.
CELEBRATION - THE HACKNEY EMPIRE - 19th September 2009
The Robert Levy Foundation 5th Annual Event, CELEBRATION held in the UK, London, Hackney, at The Hackney Empire was an uplifting, inspirational celebration of dance, singing, mc’ing, poetry, fashion, films and the grand unveiling of a sports car built on the summer project run by the foundation.