Dominica to benefit from Joe's jamathon

Thursday, September 06, 2018

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DOMINICA is set to benefit from rehabilition work courtesy of Caribbean Love Now Jamathon concert held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on November 22, 2017.

The occasion — brainchild of American businessman Josef Bogdanovich — was aimed at raising money to assist Caribbean countries ravaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The concert raised US$250,000 which has been earmarked to repair buildings at Goodwill and Vielle Case Primary School, Dos D'Ane Health Centre, and Portsmouth Hospital.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was pleased with the gesture.

“Last year's hurricanes forever changed Dominica, but we are resolute to rebuild. Caribbean Love Now was one of the first organisations to visit the island and offer support after the storms. We are grateful for their continued commitment to restore education and health, and thereby improve the lives of our people,” he said.

Bogdanovich said the support was “critical”.

“Dominica needs our help following the tremendous loss and destruction of Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015 and Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Nearly one year later, it is critical for us to continue our support to help the island “build back better” and be even more prepared to face future storms,” said Bogdanovich.

The show was streamed online and saw myriad Jamaicans donating cash and kind. Among the donors were Prime Minister Andrew Holness who gave US$1,500, Entertainment and Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange who pledged $100,000, and Bogdanovich who gave US$15,000. Reggae Sumfest promoter Robert Russell also pledged US$1,500.

The concert also received support from members of the music fraternity who entertained altruistic patrons and donors. Among the list of performers were Beres Hammond, Beenie Man, Toots and The Maytals, Sean Paul, Third World, Jah Cure, and soca artistes Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons.

Bogdanovich pledged support from companies with which he is involved, including Downsound Records, Downsound Entertainment, Hardware and Lumber, Reggae Sumfest, Rapid True Value, Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records, H&L Agro, Argyle Industries, FranJam, KLE, and the R Hotel.

Other companies have pledged cooperation.

Caribbean Love Now is a Jamaica-based foundation with a mission to support communities across the Caribbean in the areas of education and health.

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