YouTube and X Factor Sensation, Emmanuel Kelly Supports West Ridge Academy

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Emmanuel Kelly support the values West Ridge Academy represents and wants to make a difference by inspiring kids that come from tough backgrounds. Come to his concert as he supports West Ridge Academy in helping kids everywhere.

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I support the values West Ridge Academy represents and want to make a difference by inspiring kids that come from tough backgrounds. I hope you’ll join with me as I support West Ridge Academy in helping kids everywhere.

YouTube and X Factor Sensation Emmanuel Kelly will be doing a benefit concert at West Ridge Academy on August 25th at 7:00 PM at West Ridge Academy. Emmanuel will be sharing his inspirational message through music with other youth and families who have faced significant challenges.

Despite a disadvantaged start in life with limb deficiencies, a result of chemical warfare, Emmanuel Kelly is already on his way to being a star. Emmanuel was born amid a war zone in Iraq, abandoned by his parents and left in a park in Baghdad.

Emmanuel and his adopted brother Ahmed were both born without arms and legs but for Moira Kelly, it was love at first sight. “You could look at them as disfigured but to me they were just so perfect,” she said. Moira adopted the two boys and brought them back to her homeland, Australia for life changing surgery. Both boys were fitted with prosthetic limbs, allowing them to walk. “She's given us more love than anyone could imagine,” Emmanuel says warmly of his mother.

In 2011 with his audition for the reality music competition X Factor Australia, Emmanuel delivered one of the most moving talent show performances of them all. As Emmanuel takes the stage he wins people over with his signature smile. His journey to the X Factor stage is truly extraordinary, once without an identity, Emmanuel Kelly has already made a name for himself as he exemplifies the true meaning of success.

Watch Emmanuel’s inspirational story on YouTube with over 12 million at West Ridge Academy’s blog where you can also download an audio clip of Emmanuel sharing his support of West Ridge Academy.

West Ridge Academy provides development through music, sports, academics, and holistic approaches to treating mental, physical, and spiritual problems. West Ridge Academy also provides intensive in-home services as a preventative measure for children and to help families be successful.

West Ridge Academy offers hope and healing to families when normal parenting skills aren’t enough with their accredited therapeutic boarding school, consisting of seasoned on-site and in-home therapists and family coordinators.


West Ridge Academy is a fully functional K-12 school, accredited through Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, with a student-teacher ratio of 15:1. West Ridge Academy has been helping youth since 1964; to date helping more than 25,000 struggling teens. Focusing on spiritual and moral values, creates real change of heart, not just change of behavior.
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