Meet Kenneth and Ellen Kim of San Ramon, CA. The two 13-year-olds from San Ramon (who share the same last name and birthday but are not related) are the dynamic duo of Beat of Hope, the band they formed last year. Kenneth plays the piano, cello and drums. Ellen plays piano, violin, viola and flute.
They started Beat of Hope to use their musical talents for good, performing on the street and at local farmer’s markets to raise money for good causes, such as World of Children. Both Kenneth and Ellen share a common interest of supporting charities that help children who are less fortunate.
On Aug. 5, the teens offered a sample of their talent in a performance at the World of Children offices in Dublin, CA, and also handed over a Ziploc bag of cash totaling $327.58 (pennies and all). That’s how much they had raised while performing at Santana Row on Father’s Day behind a colorful, handwritten sign that read: “Today’s donation will go to… WORLD OF CHILDREN.’’
Kenneth and Ellen earlier this year collected $401.90 for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and $161.54 for Children’s Hunger Fund. “Children do not deserve to go hungry! That should go into our Bill of Rights!’’ they exclaim on their Facebook page.
The teens say they are surprised at the public generosity and have learned that most people want to help good causes but don’t get the opportunity. Kenneth and Ellen have taken care of that!
Watch the video below for a sample of their special performance at our offices.