The McCam Child Care and Development Centre, located in St Andrew, will benefit from part proceeds of a celebrity paintball competition, Locked and Loaded - The Celebrity Edition, which takes place today at the Sun Coast Adventure Park in St Thomas.
The non-profit organisation, which was founded in 1986, remains one of few childcare facilities in Jamaica, which caters to special-needs children. Over the years, the Old Hope Road facility has been able to stay in operation because of the generosity from local and international organisations.
"It's a great initiative and we are grateful that the organisers thought of McCam. As a non-profit organisation, we are always in need and we were overjoyed and elated when we found out that part proceeds would be coming our way. We are a special-needs school that requires various programmes, including clinical programmes, and the contribution will be used for their upkeep and to keep machines running at an optimal level," said Juliene Donaldson, administrator and development officer at McCam Child Care and Development Centre.
McCam provides a nursery and preschool programme to serve the needs of children ages six months to six years old.
A number of the country's top entertainers such as Voicemail, Munga, D-Major, Fambo, Timeka Marshall, Shereita, Raine Seville and No-Maddz; and DJ's Kurt Riley, Sanjay, Narity and Richie Ras, have lent support to the cause and will compete in a paintball showdown.
"We want persons to come out to support their favourite artiste or teams. This is a family event with good, clean fun and world-class entertainment that will definitely end the summer on a high note," said Apryl McIntosh, CEO of Niche Entertainment, organisers of the event.
In addition to the celebrity match, Locked and Loaded has a full day of activities, including maze, hiking trail, playground, sand court, basketball and mini golf, as well as an after party with live performances.
General admission for the event is $2,500 for adults and $1,000 for children.
There is also an upgrade to a premium admission at a cost of $5,000, which includes all activities of the general admission as well as paintball & rope challenge and zipline. The event starts at 10 a.m. with shuttle service to the event from the Digicel parking lot on Lady Musgrave Road and back, courtesy of Run About Services Jamaica Ltd.