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Godartiste on a mission to Make a Child Smile

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2018 | 12:02 AMShanna Kaye Monteith/Gleaner Writer
Johnoy 'Godartiste' Davis
Gospel artiste and philanthropist, Johnoy 'Godartiste' Davis.
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With the aim of 'making a child smile', gospel artiste and philanthropist Johnoy 'Godartiste' Davis recently hosted the second staging of his charity concert called 'Godartise and Friends'.

With 100 per cent of the proceeds dedicated to his Make a Child Smile project, Davis was joined by numerous gospel acts, including Lubert Levy, Lucas Musiq and Gray Patch, in ministering as a part of the humanitarian gesture last Saturday.

Speaking with Family & Religion, Davis said that though the turnout was good, the patrons superb and the artistes out in their elements, rendering the event a beautiful production, enough funds weren't raised to carry out the plans that he initially had.

"I wanted to cater to anywhere between 50 and100 children, but after all the money was made and expenses paid, I am in a position where I can only promise to cater to 25 children," he said.

However, the family man and lover of children indicated that he will not be deterred by the event's shortcomings and has gone ahead and set the Make a Child Smile project for May 12.

"I have done my research and found 25 kids in Kingston, St Mary and St Andrew who are in dire need of assistance, and so, we will be going to these three parishes and will be making presentations to these children directly. We are giving them educational gifts to include backpacks, writing books, colouring books sponsored by gospel minister Jermaine Gordon, pens, pencils, and other stationary supplies," he said.

Davis also told Family & Religion that he is still accepting donations from those who are willing to help.

Assistance, he said, can either be monetary or in the form of school supplies.

Addressing whether the cause of the event was underappreciated, the upcoming artiste said he believes that events are supported based on the promoter.

"Many persons still don't know who Godartiste is and so, they aren't pulled to it (the event). Charity events will always be supported. However, there are many factors that can either pull people to support or turn them off. Causes such as Godartiste and Friends will always be supported once persons know who I am, and the event is packaged and marketed properly. People are out there who genuinely want to give," he shared.

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