Duluth, MN (Northlands Newscenter) Northlander's are singing and dancing to help youth across the nation.
More than one hundred people turned out for The fifth annual Haiti Worthy Cause Concert this afternoon.
Rudy Perrault started the Kako foundation in 2008, in honor of his cousin, Kako, who was murdered in Haiti.
A tragedy, he says, could have been avoided if there were more options for the youth of Haiti.
"I can't help think that if those other kids or adults who killed him, if they had some other access for the violence", said Perrault. "Maybe through sports, maybe through music and music is what I know."
The Kako foundation is a non–profit organization that strives to provide a positive environment through the arts...particularly with music for the children of Haiti.
Organizors work to provide opportunities for kids in Haiti to grow and practice healthy lifestyles, but more importantly they say they try to teach respect.
"It helps them cope with collaborating with others even in places and times where they might not want to, but then for common goal music helps you do that because you have to collaborate", commented Perrault. "You have to play what's in front of you. You have to do your job for the good of the whole."
Perrault says the lessons children learn through the help of the foundation will create a better future for the Haitian people.
"They will become leaders for the community, so I say this is huge. This is, for our youth it's greatly needed."
Chair of the Worthy Cause Concert Cindy Hedlund commented on how the church wanted to give back to Haiti after two young Haitian boys joined their church community and introduced them to Rudy Perrault.
"We wanted to do something for Haiti because they did so much for our family, our church family", said Hedlund. "I call it God bumps instead of goose bumps, so I just think that's a really cool thing. It's just, my emotions are just happy and that we can just help people out that need help."
Since the start of the Kako foundation in 2008 the number of children helped has grown by %750, and with the addition of the Kako choir that will be starting here in Duluth in the fall it seems that the sky is the limit for the foundation.
"We can't forget that there is still a lot of people still in need in Haiti, and if giving to an organization that supports an international project is not want you want; Than also think about the Duluth community where we'll be starting a Kaco choir right here in Duluth", said Perrault.
The foundation hoped to raise five thousand dollars at the event.
The Kako Choir will be starting this fall.
Written and posted by Shawn Frost.