Come Mek Wi Laugh: Set for Sunday
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Christopher 'Johnny' Daley headlines a strong cast of performers for the 10th staging of the Best Care Foundation's Come Mek Wi Laugh, this Sunday, December 7, at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on the grounds of Jamaica College. The comedy extravaganza will also feature radio personality Mutabaruka; Dufton Shepherd, Dr Michael Abrahams, Bobby Smith, Kevin 2 Krazy, and Mr Confidence. Entertainer Candy will be the guest artiste.
Daley said patrons can expect a good show. "What I do know, it is a family atmosphere backstage and onstage. It is a signature show. It is my final show of the year when I do a round-up of all the juicy current-affairs stories, so expect hard-hitting, gut-busting comedy," he said.
'Johnny' said Come Mek Wi Laugh is something he makes room for on his annual calendar, because it allows him to contribute to a very worthy cause. "It is extremely important; it is one of the most important shows and is why I leave room for it on my calendar, because you know that the contribution goes back to helping these needy children. I look forward to it each year and I guess I can say the same for my colleagues."
The organisers are hoping for a great turnout, as the foundation is hoping to raise between $1.5 and $2 million, which will be used to run the Best Care Foundation, which takes care of many of the nation's disadvantaged children.
That need of the foundation is why Robert Finzi-Smith said he agreed to do the show. "I am essentially doing this because of the charitable nature of the event. I don't normally perform in Jamaica, I perform in the eastern Caribbean," he said, explaining that his performance should not be missed. "My thing is very simple. I deal with relationships, the good, the bad and the ugly, so there are people who are divorced, who may understand why it happened and there are people who might come there married and end up divorced. I am also going to teach men how to talk to women, so bring paper and pencil, you might want to take notes."
Director of the foundation, Everett Lewis, reveals that the foundation is being tasked to raise about $20 million each year, to cover operational expenses. The foundation receives subventions from the Ministry of Youth and the Ministry of Health that amount to just over $15 million, well shy of the $35 million needed annually. As such, he is imploring the public to come out in support of the foundation's work.
The foundation is a special place for children who are mentally and physically challenged. Based on Trevennion Road, it provides accommodation, special education, medical care, skills training, a sports programme, social interaction and a therapeutic environment for mentally and physically challenged children. The home currently caters for 46 children, while the school provides educational opportunities for 50 children, including some from other children's homes, places of safety and the community.
The placement of children in residence at the home is generally a result of unfortunate circumstances, usually involving one or more of the following: parental abandonment, inability of parents to cope with the severity of the children's disabilities, and bereavement resulting in the children being orphaned.
The disabilities affecting the children are many and varied and include, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, learning disability, speech defects, epilepsy, severe behavioural disorders, paraplegia, limb deformities, congenital blindness, and autism.
Tickets for the event cost $2,300 presold, and can be had at Supermed Pharmacy on Constant Spring Road, Glitzzy Hair in Clock Tower Plaza, New Kingston Pharmacy, and La Jandel Beauty Salon on Constant Spring Road.