Caribbean artistes sign on to help raise funds for hurricane victims
(L-R) Orlando Newton of Ticketpal Caribbean and Lori Webster of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation at the press launch of the I Am LIVE AID Project.
Scores of artistes from around the Caribbean have pledged their talent in support of the I Am LIVE AID Project, which is staging a fund-raising drive for those affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria, entitled "I Am My Brothers' and Sisters' Keeper".
The LIVE AID Project will climax with a full showcase at the Bushy Park Race Circuit in Barbados on Saturday, September 30.
There will be an evening J'ouvert Experience conceptualised by Aura Experience, as well as a Live Aid Concert from 2 p.m. The registration and entrance fee for these events, as well as patron donations will go towards the fund, which will be used to purchase urgently needed relief items, such as tarpaulins and sanitary items.
The event will be televised throughout the region to share the stories of those left in the wake of the hurricanes via CMC and Trident 10TV, and streamed online through digital media partners.
The artistes hail from St Lucia, Antigua, Jamaica, St Vincent, Grenada and Barbados and include names such as Freddie McGregor, Lil Rick, Lyrikal, Fadda Fox, RPB, Buggy, Nikita, Queen Ifrica, Tallpree, Skinny Fabulous and many more.
The LIVE AID Project implores all West Indians, the Diaspora and those who love the Caribbean to donate to the cause.
Orlando Newton of Ticketpal said, “Your donation could be as small as $2 because this need will continue far beyond the immediate future. We expect that the Diaspora across Canada, Europe and the USA would see this as an opportunity to give into the communities that have raised us and support us. Also the visitors who have visited our beautiful islands to understand that the Caribbean is more than just the sand and the beach but it is the people that we meet each day.”
“What makes this fundraising drive a cut above the rest is the provision for the immediate commitment of pledges,” organisers added.
Ticketpal Caribbean’s 15 outlets provide several accessible points for persons to make their donations, as well as online at www.ticketpalCaribbean.com to facilitate persons from all over the world to make contributions.
The funds collected will be accounted for and audited by a local international firm. The directors of the I Am LIVE AID Project will be working directly with partners such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) to procure and distribute essential supplies.