Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Clive 'Busy' Campbell, chief organiser of the annual Bob Marley One Love Charity Football Festival, hopes to complete the Malvern Basic School project started last year, with proceeds to be garnered from the event to be held on Wednesday, February 13 at Constant Spring Complex.
"The main target is to complete the basic school in Malvern (St Elizabeth). We want to put on a slab roof in the event of a hurricane or any other natural disaster. I have always said there must be a way to help kids as there is no basic school in that area," Campbell told the gathering at the media launch yesterday at Cuddy'z Sports Bar & Grill in New Kingston.
Campbell started the charity football festival in 1982, a year after legendary reggae music king Robert 'Bob' Nesta Marley died of cancer. Since then he has been using the event to assist many organisations, especially basic schools.
"People would know how I feel about Bob Marley and his love for others. He would have celebrated his 68th birthday today," Campbell said.
For the one-day festival, four teams will participate. They are Entertainers, Masters and Celebrities, Media and Sponsors, as well as Promoters and Christian Ambassadors. The format will be round-robin, with each game of a 30-minute duration. The first game will kick off at 2 p.m. and the team with the most points will be awarded the winning trophy.
"A cover charge of $500 per person will be collected, while children under 12 will be allowed in free. However, the players are also expected to pay a cover cost as part of their contribution," Campbell also said.
Campbell also said that during this year's staging there will be a period that serves the memory of entertainer Captain Barkey, who was murdered late last year in the United States.
"This year we plan on having a one-minute silence for Captain Barkey as he was a regular player on the Entertainers' team over the years."
Campbell also thanked sponsors for their continued support.
"Bob Marley could have been a good footballer, but he chose music and has put Jamaica on the map globally. Bob inspired me as he had a great impact on the world. He should not only be recognised as a national hero, but instead an international hero," said Michael 'Jah Mikes' Williams, who shared life experiences that highlighted Marley's global impact.