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Friday, July 26, 2013


(The Durban Gospel Choir with Durban diva Karen van Pletsen (in floral); Liesl Coppin and Josh Coppin-Laurenz as well as Josh and Brad Klynsmith. Not pictured: Khaya Mthethwa. Photo by Frances Park-Ross)

The World Transplant Games takes place in Durban from July 28 to August 4, 2013.

The World Transplant Games theme song will be performed at the official opening ceremony at the Durban ICC Arena on Monday (July 29). The lyrics were written by Brad Klynsmith who, with his brother Josh, form the band, Gangs of Ballet. They will be singing along with The Durban Gospel Choir and Durban diva, Karen van Pletsen as well as Idols and SAMA Awards winner, Khaya Mthethwa.

With them at the recording of the song was one of the World Transplant Games athletes, Josh Coppin-Laurenz whose mother, well-known Durban theatre personality Liesl Coppin donated her kidney to him. Josh will be swimming and running the 50 metres.

On July 29 2013, as part of the opening ceremony for The World Transplant Games, up to 1,500 members of the public are invited to form part of mass choir that will perform Our Hearts are Beating at the Durban ICC Arena. This rock anthem was written specially for The World Transplant Games by Smithsmall (a writing collaboration between Josh and Brad Klynsmith). Also taking part will be 1,700 athletes from around the world.

Our Hearts are Beating forms a fitting tribute to a victorious celebration of life that sees recipients of life-saving organ transplants from 50 countries worldwide compete in various sports in the hope of winning Gold, Silver and bronze medals for their country.

The World Transplant Games celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and the hope and gratitude that is behind every transplant.

Everyone is welcome to join this choir, without an audition or previous singing experience. All that is required is a willingness to lend your voice to a good cause and be part of what promises to be a fun- filled, inspirational evening. The organizers are encouraging schools, youth, religious and social groups as well as willing families and individuals to register at or via Facebook ( )

Willing participants can register on-line and learn the song in advance through the on-line video link and song-track. Registration will also afford participants free entry to the event where they will enjoy performances by Khaya Mthethwa, Gangs of Ballet; The Durban Gospel Choir; Karen Van Pletsen and the Urban Edge Dancers.

Additional information can be obtained from , or by calling 082 7508425 /031 3018618.