ALL TOGETHER: Blake and Beavers (both centre) pose with members of the ETC family. Below: Showing off the 'Beast' pose.
A non-profit initiative geared towards facilitating creative expression among Jamaican children, the concept behind the recent Expressions Through Creativity (ETC) camp attracted the interest of entities like Yohan Blake’s YB Afraid Foundation, who didn’t hesitate to collaborate with camp organizers in conducting mini-workshops at The Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Manchester. Earlier this month, the ETC team made its first stop at the home and exposed over 30 underprivileged boys to art, guitar, drama, and social skills, only a snippet of what the Christmas camp provided at the Spartan Health Club in Kingston.
As for the bigger picture, camp co-ordinator Regina Beavers is reporting that this inaugural staging (fully banking on a mix of hard work, determination, and the input of countless supporters) was an enormous success that exceeded expectations. “Only months ago this initiative was merely a thought between myself and child therapist Shani Davies,” explains Beavers. “We are friends who fused our backgrounds, planned, organized and executed. It goes to show you that anything is possible, once you put in the work.”
Throughout the camp (sponsored by Cran Wata, Spartan Heath Club, and the Caribbean Hearing Centre), such celebrity guests as Wayne Marshall, Usain Bolt and Blake himself passed through, and artistic highlights included introduction to film and dance with award-winning videographer Carlington Silburn; dance/movement with the NDTC’s Candice Morris; performance excerpts from the new JJTC musical, Alice; and guitar sessions with Rasheed McCallum of the SkyGrass band, among other treats.
Additionally, the camp was also able to donate funds to the Angels of Love Foundation, which focuses on paediatric oncology in Jamaica. Moving forward, Beavers and her team intend to keep up the momentum by conducting more creative workshops throughout the year and throughout the island. Are you interested in supporting this cause? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.