Usain Bolt at his Tracks & Records restaurants in Kingston, Jamaica which will be the Jamaica venue for the Oct. 7, 2017 Caribbean Day of Giving.
By NAN Staff Writer
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 6, 2017: Jamaica may not be impacted by Hurricanes Irma or Maria but many from the island, including one of its most famous son, are pitching in to help their brothers and sisters impacted by the storms across the region through the Caribbean Day of Giving tomorrow, Sat. October 7th.
Triple Olympian Usain Bolt is also getting involved indirectly.
Bolt’s Tracks & Records
Residents fix a damaged roof on September 23, 2017 in Wesley Village, Dominica. Hurricane Maria inflicted catastrophic damages and at least 15 deaths in this Caribbean island. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Getty Images)
Sports Bar in Kingston, Jamaica will be the place where several Jamaican artists will gather to perform and help raise much needed funds for the victims of the hurricanes who continue to be impacted in Dominica, Barbuda, the British Virgin islands, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saint-Martin, Turks & Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
TOP ARTISTS ON BOARD
The live benefit concert will feature top Jamaican entertainers, Tarrus Riley, Richie Stephens, Mr Vegas, Bugle, D’Angel and gospel artist Jermaine Edwards among others from 5 to 8 p.m. in Kingston, Jamaica.
The concert will be hosted by media personalities Nikii Z, Saudicka Diaram and Jason Williams and will be streamed live to viewers globally through multiple social media platforms including Youtube, Facebook, Instagram as well as through an IrieJam app that can be downloaded on Google Play store & iTunes.
The Caribbean Day of Giving will be launched in the Caribbean Diaspora through a radiothon across the US, including in New York and South Florida.
In New York, the event will kick off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the Door Restaurant in Queens, NY. Radio hosts will then pick up the coverage from the Dumplin Shop in the Bronx from 1-6 p.m.).
CARIBBEAN DIASPORA RADIO/MEDIA STEPS UP
Irie Jam Radio in New York has dedicated a 5-hour block of programming on WVIP, 93.5 FM to broadcast the radiothon to listeners in the Tri-state area; Hi Class Promotions in Florida was also able to broker a deal with WAVS 1170 in Florida for a Caribbean Day of Giving Public Service Announcement (PSA) to air on the station; and Groovin Radio in New York has also facilitated interviews with stakeholders and assisted in getting the PSA to air on WVIP, 93.5 FM.
Over 32 other stations across the USA have assisted in the endeavor.
Coffins that were washed downhill from the Lares Municipal Cemetery by a landslide are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Lares, Puerto Rico, September 30, 2017. US military and emergency relief teams ramped up their aid efforts for Puerto Rico amid growing criticism of the response to the hurricanes which ripped through the Caribbean island. (Photo: RICARDO ARDUENGO/AFP/Getty Images)
Performances by musician and former cricketer Omari Banks, who is currently in Anguilla; Nadine Sutherland; singer Sophia Brown and other acts currently in the New York area, will also be part of the Day of Giving and will streamed live through social media as well.
Carol Maraj, mother of hip hop superstar Nickii Minaj and founder of the Carol Maraj Foundation has also rallied behind the #CaribbeanDayofGiving and has confirmed her participation in the radiothon.
Caribbean Day of Giving have partnered with three charities to which the public may donate: America Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI), American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) and Caribbean Tourism Organization Relief Fund. All partners have expressed the need for transparency and accountability. Interim progress reports on donations and the relief and recovery efforts will be provided to assure the public that funds donated are being used for its intended purpose.
The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will also post updates on its website www.cdema.org. CDEMA will be a recipient of funds raised through CTO Relief Fund and AFUWI.
HOW TO GIVE
Individuals wishing to donate through the Caribbean Day of Giving Trust may do so through www.caribbeandayofgiving.com to any of the partner charities or text AFUWI to 41444. You can also tweet about the event using hash tags, #CaribbeanDayofGiving or #CDoG.