Thursday, 29 October 2009

EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Shaggy & Friends launch 'I Dare You 2010'

FOR A GREAT CAUSE: Shaggy and Sharon Feanny (second left) pose with a team of SHAKTI do-gooders.

After pulling off a stellar event at the start of 2009, Shaggy and Friends are ready to do it all again. On January 2, 2010, the diamond-selling singer and his hardworking team of fundraisers will take over the grounds of Jamaica House to raise more much-needed funds to benefit sick children of the Bustamante Hospital.

A large contingent turned up on Wednesday at the hospital's conference room for the launch of 'Shaggy and Friends I Dare You 2010'. Last year, according to organizers, the charity concert raised over $25 million, which was used to buy equipment for the hospital. This year, however, they are aiming to double that amount, working in partnership with sponsors Digicel, KFC, Sagicor, Stewart's Auto, Bank of Nova Scotia and Wisynco, which have donated a combined $11 million combined. New

Ticket prices for the concert range from $30,000 (diamond ticket) to $20,000 (platinum) $10,000 (gold) and $5,000 (silver).

A talented roster of artistes is expected to grace the stage. Among confirmed acts are R&B star Joe, Beenie Man, Papa San, Tanya Stephens, Michael Rose, Queen Ifrica, Sanchez, Ce'Cile, Toots Hibbert, Ding Dong, Baby Cham, Machel Montano, Busy Signal and former lead singer of UB40 Ali Campbell, among several others.

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