Sting boss to launch charity
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
After years of giving back, Supreme Promotions head, Isaiah Laing, says they have decided to formalise their efforts and will be launching The Supreme Foundation on Wednesday.
For many years, Laing says the group has shed its seemingly rough exterior and has shown its softer side through its charitable venture. Spanish Town Hospital and Maxfield Park Children's Home have been among the many causes that Supreme Promotions has assisted.
"People come to the office on a daily basis and we have been giving. But we want to do it in a more formal way and now we are launching on Wednesday at the Wyndham ballroom," said Laing, who hosts the annual hardcore dancehall show, Sting.
When the event is launched on Wednesday, he says a presentation will be made to the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston. In addition to motivational speaker Alvin Day as the keynote speaker, there will also be performances by Da'Ville, Gyptian, Christopher Martin, Ikaya and Karen Smith.
While a presentation will not be made to them, Laing says the foundation will also be assisting the Marley Hill Primary School in Manchester, which he attended as a child.
"We will continuously help those people. We are going to be setting ourselves targets. Jubilee is in dire need of machines. Marley Hill, that is where I started so I think that school is the first beneficiary of my choice," Laing said.
Dimario McDowell, director at Supreme Promotions, added that one post-natal monitoring unit will be handed over at Wednesday's launch and seven others will be donated shortly after.
Member of The Supreme Foundation board, Calvin Hunter, also explained that donations are made yearly to the Marley Hill Primary School, but Wednesday's launch will mark the formalisation of the work that is done yearly.
"That one is ongoing because an event is held at the school and all the proceeds go directly to that school. This is just the launch of greater things to come," he said.
And as the Supreme Foundation grows, Laing says he hopes they will be able to assist the Kingston Public Hospital, as well as other worthy causes.
With The Supreme Foundation being independent of Supreme Promotions, Laing says plans are already in place to host shows specifically for the foundation.
"We are not going to sit idly by because there are a lot of causes out there," he said.