Friday, 28 December 2012

SEASON OF LOVE: Shaggy, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Usain Bolt bring holiday cheer to Jamaican kids

HOMETOWN HERO: Over the festive season, the World’s Fastest Man made the trip down to his hometown (Sherwood Content, Trelawny) to host a joy-filled Boxing Day treat for the kiddies, in collaboration with Digicel and the Usain Bolt Foundation. Food, music and gifts galore were the hallmarks of the afternoon. “It was good to spend a few hours with the kids in my community,” the legendary athlete (pictured above with Miss Sheron Seivwright, Principal of the Piedmont Basic School) shared with his Facebook family. “I even saw a few of my teachers from my basic, primary, and high schools. Thanks to my foundation, Digicel, KFC, my mom and dad, and other members of the community. We had a great day.” 

ONE OF OUR OWN: On Wednesday, Olympic champ Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had the kids in her Waterhouse community of Ashoka in high spirits, as she hosted her annual Christmas treat. Fraser-Pryce, who turned 26 the following day, partnered with sponsors GraceKennedy, Digicel, and Nike to treat the kids to a day of music, sweet treats and fun activities, including free rides. “This is our third annual Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Christmas treat. I think it’s a good thing for [the children] to come out and enjoy their Christmas because for me, I never remember enjoying my Christmas around here,” notes the sprint queen, who came of age in the rough-and-tumble Kingston community. “So bringing the gifts that were donated by my sponsors, I am able to come back and just help them have fun.” 

SUPER SHAGGY: In keeping with his annual tradition, Grammy winner Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell brought Yuletide cheer to the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Thursday afternoon, bearing dozens of toys and other presents for the eager and utterly appreciative youngsters. Shaggy, who has a long-standing relationship with the hospital, has donated millions of dollars to the venerable institution through his Make A Difference Foundation and the Shaggy & Friends megaconcert. As it happens, the Christmastime treat is now in its 10th year. “We look forward to Shaggy every,” says medical doctor Toni-Ann Fulford. “It always brightens the children’s day. They also look forward to the concert after the treat.”

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1 comment:

  1. It's nice that celebrities are doing a bit of charity work, BUT many other Jamaicans were also involved in a range of activities. Ask Anna-Kim Robinson of JN Foundation, and others. Nevertheless, these three stars deserve lots of hugs and kudos for their generosity and kindness. Love them all!! I hope they can do this at other times of the year, too....