A St Mary Mi Come From' moves to Town
A St Mary Mi Come From, the long-running charity show that has been staged in the eastern parish of St Mary since its inception in 2000, has been relocated to Kingston.
This year's show, scheduled for November 10, will be held at the National Arena in Kingston.
Capleton, the reggae singer and humanitarian who puts on the event, said that the experience of last year, when bad weather affected the show, influenced the decision to relocate.
"Last year, we had an awesome package featuring the best in reggae and dancehall, but rain intervened, and the event had to be aborted. As expected, as promoters, we incurred losses, but the biggest regret for us was not being able to honour our pledges to the charities for which the event was intended. So, we had to go back to the drawing board and formulate another plan. The best option seemed to be the idea to take the show into Kingston and secondly, to change from our usual August date to a little later down in the year. However, we decided to keep our original name because of its special significance and also because it is now a brand," Capleton said.
Capleton's manager, Claudette Kemp, recalled that it was raining so heavily when she and her team reached the venue they were unable to get off the bus.
"It was disappointing, but we couldn't curse the rain, and fortunately, many persons were able to see the light side of it," Claudette Kemp said.
The event was first held in 2000 at Pagee Beach in Port Maria. It then moved to James Bond Beach in Oracabessa in 2003, and soon after, to Gray's Inn Sports Complex - all St Mary venues.
The event now planned for an indoor venue.
Richard Creary, mayor of Port Maria, said that while he regrets that the show is heading to Kingston, he is glad that Capleton will continue to use the proceeds of this event to enrich the lives of others.
"I know that Capleton will continue his philanthropic working in the parish, where he has assisted a number of institutions, including hospitals and schoools. The event is moving, but I don't think St Mary will lose out," Creary said.
Meanwhile, Capleton has expressed the desire for more companies for partner with him on this event, or participate in more philanthropic work.
"It's really such a joy to support schools, hospitals, and youths clubs. We have seen over the years the extent to which the proceeds of this event have enriched the lives of others, and it is a project that my entire team is totally committed to. Claudette Kemp is the driver, and she works assiduously every year to make A St Mary Mi Come From a reality," he said.