Shaggy & Friends…Making A Difference

In 2001, Shaggy was introduced to the Bustamante Hospital for Children whilst visiting a friend’s son who had been admitted there. He was so moved by what he witnessed, that he vowed to do whatever he could to make things better there for our nation’s children.

Jump ahead to 2018 and Rock music legend Sting and Haitian American musician Wyclef Jean were among the international stars that performed at the 2018 Shaggy and Friends Concert, held January 6 on the lawns of Jamaica House in St Andrew. This benefit concert was hands down one of the best shows in Jamaica and the Caribbean. From the decor to the food and drinks to the overall experience Shaggy & Friends is a must-see event that is in aid of a worthy cause.

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SPECIAL THANKS for the photography by Steve James of Semiyah Photography
semiyah@gmail.com

Having been a staunch supporter of this charity over the years, it is truly amazing to see how this concert has grown over the years. Nevertheless, the mission to make a difference continues unwavered. As Shaggy shared on the night about the concert, this article too is not about promoting a show. Our goal with our support is to help the foundation raise awareness and get donations in so we can meet or even better surpass the goal of raising $100Million for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Also hitting the stage for free were a number of local and Caribbean stars in an effort to help the struggling government-run hospital acquire vital equipment to save the lives of children in the ICU. They were Jodi Rockwell, Romaine, Ity & Fancy Cat, Christopher Martin, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Junior Reid, Shenseea, Barrington Levy, Third World, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Capleton, Professor Nuts, Wayne Wonder, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons.

The following was republished from shaggymakeadifferencefoundation.org
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The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation (SMADF) will once again donate all the proceeds from the concert to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

According to co-producer of the show, Rebecca Packer-Burrell, Shaggy’s wife, funds from this show will be used to increase beds in the ICU of the hospital, which is the only full-service children’s hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean.

At the launch on Wednesday, at the Bustamante Hospital for Children, Shaggy appealed for support of the venture, stating that each ticket will save one life.

He said the venture started as a means of him giving back each year until he realised that it was more than he could give personally, after which he was advised to start the SMADF.

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In outlining the needs of the hospital, Dr James, Head of The Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the hospital, gave an example of the little boy who came in with his organs failing and would have died, if it wasn’t for the equipment that the SMADF donated over the years.

He said the boy can now be a worthwhile member of society and can now in the future “pay his taxes”, which brought laughter to the large gathering at the launch.

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James said, “we admit 150 patients annually to this five-bedded facility, but are beset by the consequences of resource limitations; inadequate physical space, inconsistent supplies of critical items, difficulty with the acquisition of cutting-edge equipment as well as maintenance of the equipment we have.

“We, therefore, feel extraordinarily grateful to the Shaggy and Friends Foundation for their on-going efforts in assisting the hospital and the unit. Please keep it going,” Dr James urged. |P

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