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Mr Vegas plans food drive, concert

Published:Monday | November 3, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Mr Vegas

CEO of Mr Vegas Music (MV Music), Clifford Smith, more popularly known as Mr Vegas, has announced a food drive and campaign to collect non-perishable items and help raise funds for children housed at Mustard Seed Communities (MSC).

MSC is a faith-based non-profit organization founded by Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon in 1978 under the principle of caring and the organisation has remained committed to helping those in need.

Today, MSC serves over 500 children, young adults and families who belong to the most vulnerable groups in our society. The population of their homes includes children and young adults with disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS and teen mothers along with their babies. MSC also manages a number of community outreach programmes to combat poverty and provide education.

Long-time supporter

Mr Vegas has been supporting MSC since his first visit there eight years ago but wants to do more for the organisation. His goal now is to raise enough food and funds to provide three daily meals for

children housed at MSC for

the next year.

"MV Music is pleased to partner with the MSC for this food drive," he said. "It is difficult for MSC to provide for so many children with all their other additional costs. We want to ensure the children get proper nourishment, especially those who are on medication, so we are happy to contribute to this great cause."

The food drive will be held from November 1 to December 12 . Collection bins will be placed at Mega Mart outlets islandwide and General Food Supermarket in Liguanea. Individuals are asked to support this drive by donating mackerel, sardine, sausage, baked beans, corned beef, tuna and macaroni and cheese. Individuals can also support the drive by making monetary donations to MV Foundation via First Caribbean Bank, account number 1002173973.

MV Music will also host a star-studded concert on December 14, at the Lime Golf Academy in New Kingston to benefit the MSC. The event will feature overseas performances from 1980's R&B singer Karyn White, popular for Superwoman and R&B group Champaign, popular for their hit single, How About Us. The line-up also includes Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles, Ernie Smith, Christoper Martin, Romain Virgo, Kevin Downswell and many more.

General tickets are $3,000 pre-sold, $3,500 at the gate; VIP and VIP gold tickets are $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. Tickets may be purchased at Fontana Pharmacy; Xtra's Manor Park; Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre; Genus Pharmacy; Ocho Rios Jerk Centre and the D'Rehab Sports Bar and Lounge.