Saturday, 25 November 2017

GIVING WITH ‘LOVE’: Strong support, sizzling performances make C’bean Love Now fundraiser a solid success

CHEERFUL GIVERS: Bogdanovich (second left) is joined on stage by Holness, Grange and Robert Russell.

ANDREW Holness prefers to let his money do the talking. While on stage at Caribbean Love Now on Wednesday night, the prime minister donated US$1,500 to the worthy cause, which is about raising direly needed funds to go towards rebuilding homes and infrastructure in hurricane damaged islands across the region, but especially Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, which were laid bare by the passage of Irma and Maria.

The star-studded fundraising concert, which drew an enormous throng of supporters to the National Indoor Sports Centre, also drew appearances from such government ministers and public officials as Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, Damion Crawford, Wykeham McNeill, Floyd Green and Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who pledged $100,000.

Joe Bogdanovich, the visionary and driving force behind the initiative, said he would donate US$15,000. The way Bogdanovich looks at the situation is simple. “It could have happened to any of us, so we want to help them rebuild fast,” said the DownSound Entertainment head honcho, who saw firsthand the massive damage during a helicopter tour of some of the badly affected area a few months ago. 

Video footage was shown during Wednesday’s action-packed concert, where entertainers from the likes of Grammy winners Beenie Man, Sean Paul and Toots Hibbert to standout talents Romain Virgo, Chris Martin, Kevin Downswell, Protoje and Jesse Royal delivered splendid performances. 

Freddie McGregor was magnificent as always, and Beres Hammond had to be called back onstage to deliver an encore. 

“I want to thank Joe for putting this together, and I want to make an appeal to everybody to give generously. The people in the Caribbean have been devastated by three hurricanes,” PM Holness noted while addressing the concert crowd. “This is a very good example of Caribbean people looking out for each other. Give as much as you can to help our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean.”

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