Originally scheduled for December 30, 2011, the Shaggy & Friends concert has been moved to Saturday, January 7, 2012 on the lawns of Jamaica House.in St Andrew, a press release from the organisers states.
Now in its third staging (there was none in January this year) this premium entertainment package comes with tickets priced at three levels: Platinum $25,000, Gold $10,000 and Silver $5,000 and all the proceeds go to charity.Platinum-selling artiste, Shaggy, through this philanthropic effort, is again showing his commitment to the Bustamante Hospital for Children
This year, the proceeds from the concert will help to furnish the new ICU/cardiac ward working in partnership with chain Of Hope, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries each year on our children with heart problems. Over 500 children are born each year with heart defects.
Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Burrell, reiterated his commitment to supporting the Bustamante Hospital for children,
“We must continue to save our children’s lives” and urged the nation to give their support to this cause, no matter how great or small, “so we can all keep making a difference.”
Lauryn Hill will be among the stellar line-up performing at the concert. Other confirmed artistes giving of their time and talent are Maxi priest, Romain Virgo, Assasin aka Agent Sasco, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Coco T, Half Pint and others.
To date, the Shaggy & Friends Make A Difference foundation has raised a total of j$57,000,000 (US$650,000). The Foundation covered the costs for an overall audit to be done on all medical equipment (working or otherwise) at the Bustamante Hospital (June-July, 2011). In addition, they purchased two new fully equipped dental chairs for the dental unit at the hospital as the unit was forced closed due to non-functional dental chairs. The chairs were delivered and installed earlier this year.
Shaggy’s involvement with the Bustamante Hospital dates back to 2001, when on visiting a friend’s son who had been admitted there, he was sufficiently moved by the needs of the institution to make a resolve to support them in any possible way. He spent the next eight or so years fulfilling that resolve in a personal way with periodic donations, a process that eventually led, in 2009, to the inaugural Shaggy & Friends Make A Difference Foundation mega-event, the concert on the lawns of Jamaica House.
The Shaggy & Friends concert had been confirmed for December 30, but it was subsequently announced that the country would go to the polls to elect a new leader on December 29.