Midland Teens Perform to Help Less Fortunate in Kenya 8/15/11
CBS 7 News
August 15, 2011
What started as a trip to help the youth in Kenya has turned into something a lot bigger. Some Midland teenagers are spending the end of their summer putting together a concert benefiting children in the poverty stricken country.
At the end of summer teenagers are usually getting their last piece of fun in before school starts. But in Midland many are giving back to those less fortunate overseas to help them get the education every child deserves.
As the music was playing at the "Break the Cycle Kenya Benefit" in Midland, the message was even clearer.
"We take school for granted in America and they want to learn and they can't because they have no way to learn," said Kameron Mitchell. He and Chase Beakley are not your typical teenagers; they are using their summer to work on something bigger than themselves.
"I'm always disappointed with how I spend my summers when I got back to school. It seems I don't do any good for anybody. So we wanted to do something that was not only fun, but is important and makes a difference to people beside ourselves," said Chase Beakley.
Chase visited Kenya this past summer with his brother and father. It was a trip that would change his life forever and he's hoping it will change many other kids lives as well.
"You feel like you're finally doing something important because you feel like you're involved with what God is doing and it's the most important thing you've ever done," Beakley said.
And for Chase's father Brent, he can't believe what his son's accomplished.
"I don't know that I could put it into words. I've had some success in my personal life and nothing compares to seeing your kids do something truly amazing," said Brent Beakley.
"We want this event to go as far as it can and if it starts something and people wake up and see that life is not all about them and there's people that need help and we have the ability to give them that help."
For more information on how you can help the initiative, you can email Chase at: