Stars align for a day of good fun
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
A star-studded line-up of entertainers willing to give their time for charity will be participating in the Bob Marley One Love Charity Football Match/Celebolympics today at the National Stadium East.
One of the organisers, Deane Shepherd from Blueprint Consulting, said it was a relatively easy task to get the entertainers to be part of the activity.
"I think Jamaica is a country that loves sports and entertainment. The chance to showcase their (entertainers) talent among themselves is kind of hard to resist. The artistes have been playing for a number of years. Most of them have always been willing to participate," he said, noting that they only refuse when the event clashes with their schedule.
One of the participants, Timberlee, said she likes donating her time for a good cause.
"I think it's good fun and it's for a good cause, and I enjoy being part of good causes. Mi ago do anything dem want mi fi do," said the artiste who is doing the event for a second year.
Some of the other entertainers listed for the event include Etana, Spice, D'Angel, Queen Ifrica, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, Denyque, Mackeda, Aidonia, Chris Martin, Wayne Marshall, Lukie D, Ding Dong, DJ Narity, Sanjay, Richie Ras, Kingston All-stars, Twin of Twins, Nesbeth, Cobra, Elephant Man, T.O.K and Sky Juice.
Some of the featured events are a men and women's corporate 100m dash, a women entertainers' 100m dash, a media 100m dash, and a promoters' 4 x 100m dash. There will also be two football matches: entertainers versus celebrities and sponsors versus media.
Shepherd explained that a lot of planning and promotion has been going into the event to help make it a success.
"We've been pushing it really as a typical event. We have been getting good feedback. We expect it to be a fun-filled day for the family. We are trying to put out all the stops to get people entertained," he told The Gleaner.
As an event that is being staged to raise funds for the Best Care Foundation, the Mustard Seed Communities and basic schools, Shepherd said a special effort is being made to reach the target of $200,000.
"On average, we've been getting between $50,000 and $100,000 but we want to step it up to at least $200,000 to donate. That's what we are aiming for. And we already have some tangible donations," he said.
The Best Care Lodge, will receive a cake treat courtesy of Say it with Cakes and a freezer courtesy of Reggae Jammin. Mustard Seed Communities will receive a computer courtesy of the NCB Foundation, while the Special Olympics Team will receive sponsorship management services from Blueprint Consulting.