Here’s a little Willie Wednesday item that was worth waiting the 3 1/2 weeks I’m behind. Sunday night, 11/15. 7 p.m. Central, PBS is broadcasting the new Austin City Limits episode with Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel. I haven’t seen the edit, but I was there for the taping and it was fine, and I’m sure director Gary Menotti and all of the super-fine ACL production staff have hit a grand slam home run.
If you can’t wait till Sunday – and even if you can – through November 17, PBS.org is giving us online streaming of the very first ACL episode – the Austin City LImits pilot with Willie Nelson and family – recorded October 17, 1974. Prepare to be delighted and happy to your very core. The only off-note in the whole show is the realization that all the great Austin nightclubs – Soap Creek, Split Rail, Dillo, Castle Creek, One Knite – that are included in the opening montage are long-since gone. Luckily, Willie and his wonderful music are still with us, and will always be with us.
While you’re watching Willie, you can sing a little harmony in a new choir called 1000 Voices for Hope. Having rebuilt Mahiga Primary School in Kenya with purified drinking water, electricity, a computer lab and new classrooms, The Nobelity Project is setting our sites a little higher. With no high school in the area – and very little chance for a decent future for these great kids – we are building Mahiga Hope High School.
Our design for the multipurpose RainWater Court won the international GameChangers competition from Architecture for Humanity, which included the money to build it (thanks to Nike) and an incredible design fellow, Greg Elsner, who is living in Mahiga, Kenya to see this school through to completion.
The high school will also have a block of 8 modern classrooms, a computer lab, a book library with 1000s of volumes in English and Swahili, and a science building with physics, chemistry, biology lab and gardens.
When we say HOPE high school, that’s exactly what we intend to bring to hundreds of kids in this rural community where education is the best possible shot at a better life.
So what does this have to do with Willie? With the RainWater Court money – and another $60k we’ve raised at screenings of my new film One Peace at a Time, we are halfway to full funding for the school. Working with GlobalGiving.com, we’ve launched 1000 Voices for Hope, a campaign to enlist 1,000 good-hearted, smart-thinking people to donate $100 each to build this school.
1000 x $100 = HOPE – Mahiga HOPE High School.
The first donors – the first members of our choir – are Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett and Emily Robison and Marty Maines of The Dixie Chicks. You can join this amazing choir and sing some beautiful music by making a tax-deductible donation at:
Till Dec 1, GlobalGiving will match 40% of your donation. If we raise over $10,000 by then, they’ll match 50%. Every $100 becomes $150/$500 into $750. Double that with the funding we’ve already raised and you’ve built a school, changed a community, brought real hope and a promising future for hundreds of kids. And I think you’ll find that you’ve changed yourself as well.
Education shouldn’t end after the 8th Grade! Join the Choir! Sing out!
(And please send this post far and wide – we can’t get there without you.)