Edge Michael extends hand of charity
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
Nephew of Peter Tosh gives back to Blossom Gardens Children's Home
Despite the harsh economic climate, reggae musician Edge Michael continues to extend his reach through philanthropy with his recent donation to the Blossom Gardens Children's Home in Montego Bay.
The singer/songwriter who is also the nephew of famed music legend Peter Tosh, donated over $50,000 worth of food, toys and toiletries to the children's facility, something he indicated is in line with his mandate as a recording artiste.
"So often musicians in Jamaica are viewed as just entertainers and not necessarily seen as the ones who are willing to give back to the community that has helped to build them. Blossom Gardens Children's Home and I have a great relationship so this is the least I can do to help them carry out their care for the kids," Edge said at a handover ceremony last Thursday.
Edge Michael, whose real name is Oral Durloo, is known for hits such as Mi Nah Talk and the recent Killsome City, explained that his intention is to continue his philanthropic drive to assist the home that houses 42 wards of the State.
"All children deserve to know that they are loved and appreciated, and if my small effort can make a difference then it is something I'm willing to commit to. Music is my life and as a father I feel I have an obligation to ensure children are taken care of. I preach equal rights and justice in my music so I have to live what I preach," the reggae singer outlined.
According to the Blossom Gardens Children's Home administrator, Paola Genas-Brown the donation will go a far way in assisting with day-to-day care of the children.
"With all that is happening economically, it is a great joy to see that someone is still willing to give in spite of it all and I am really happy to have teamed up with Edge Michael who has been assisting us for the past two years," Mrs Genas-Brown revealed.
She further outlined that "if other persons would just come on board and help us with these children it would be so good because we are here trying to mould their lives and to give them a happy and safe environment to take care of them holistically."