Bob Marley 'One Love' football organiser issues warning
Chief organiser of the annual Bob Marley One Love football games, Clive 'Busy' Campbell, has urged corporate Jamaica to get involved with social programmes in collaboration with the appropriate government agencies to help save lives in the island.
Campbell pointed to the high number of murders in St James, especially in the Montego Bay area, and said that this level of killing, which has been linked to lotto scamming, will affect the tourist industry negatively.
"The constant murders in Montego Bay ... if not (properly) addressed, will cripple our tourism industry," Campbell said during the launch of the 36th staging of the Bob Marley One Love football at Cuddy'z Sports Bar and Grill yesterday.
"Our youngsters believe that this is the way out. The access to quick money and the desire to acquire material things in life have become a priority for them. When the money is not coming fast enough, then they turn on each other," he said.
The Bob Marley One Love event is scheduled for Ash Wednesday (March 1) at the Anthony Spaulding Complex in Trench Town, St Andrew, starting at 3 p.m.
Shantell Hill, RJRGLEANER Communications Group digital service brand manager, said her company was happy to support the event.
"We are very happy to support this venture and are looking forward to the day's events. It's a special month, Black History, and we have just celebrated Bob Marley's birthday," Hill said.
The teams that will be in action include Entertainers Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Tuff Gong Invitational and Referees XI.
Masters and Celebrities Incorporated will also recognise great stalwarts in the music industry, such as Lord Creator, Peter Tosh, Horace Andy and George Nooks.
Music legend Robert Nesta Marley died on May 11, 1981 and Campbell and his team have been celebrating his memory annually with the football extravaganza.