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Scotia Foundation Partners with Jimmy Cliff for Children

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 4:18 PMKeisha Hill
Joylene Griffith Irving (centre), executive director of Scotia Foundation enjoys the occasion with singer/actor/songwriter Jimmy Cliff, (left) and Winston "Niney" Holness, producer and songwriter at the Scotia Foundation's partnership with Cliff, to hold a benefit dinner to launch the song "Children" initiative at the Pegasus hotel last Thursday.

The Scotia Foundation has partnered with legendary singer/actor songwriter Jimmy Cliff through his Foundation to hold a benefit dinner launching the song 'Children' chosen by the National Child Month Committee as the theme song for this year's child month activities.

Child Month was conceptualised in 1953 and pays tribute to children in the month of May. This year's theme 'Children's Safety and Security-Our Priority' focuses on the need to care and protect the nations children.

The song coincides with the theme and seeks to educate the public about the needs of children and advocating what each individual can do to help to improve the prospects of children and sharing a vision for the efforts to highlight their needs.

The track, written and produced by Winston 'Niney' Holness, solicited the best musicians to play on the track including Sly Dunbar, Flabba Holt, Robbie Lyn, Dalton Brownie, Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson and Stingray. Mixed at the Observer Sound Box Studio, well-known engineer Steven Stanley did the final mix on the track. Other engineers who worked on this single include Berty Grant, Hassani Williams and Michael Nicholson.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards children's charity as both Cliff and Holness have set up foundations to administer the sales on their behalf.

Executive Director of the Scotia Foundation, Joylene Griffiths Irving said the partnership is a perfect culmination of Scotiabank's Child Month activities. "We are calling everybody together to ensure that our children are protected. We will not let this cause die because children are the future of this country," Griffiths Irving said.

In his address Cliff said protecting the lives and rights of children is everybody's business. "We decided to record this song to highlight that it takes a collaborative effort to protect our children. We went into it with full steam as we want to educate the public about the needs of children and what we can do to help them," Cliff said.

Cliff will also use the occasion of the dinner to make a plea for Jamaicans to break their silence on child abuse. Ticket information regarding the dinner on June 1 will be announced shortly.

keisha.hill@gleanejm.com