Veteran dancehall selector Ricky Trooper is reporting success following the staging of a benefit event for Haitian hurricane victims over the weekend.
Despite only a few people staying for the actual jam session, held at 6 Cargill Avenue Kingston, the organisers are grateful that Jamaicans turned up to support the initiative.
“It was all about the cause,” said Trooper. “I mean, a lot of persons didn’t stay for the session, but a number of persons stopped by during the course of the day to drop off food and clothes, so it was well supported in that regard.
We didn’t give anybody anything to put down and we just wanted to do something to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti, so I’m very grateful for the support and I want to thank everyone that showed up.”
RAISING RELIEF SUPPLIES
The event, put on in association with House of Dancehall, Exodus sound system and other members of the dancehall fraternity, was held in the hope of raising relief supplies for those affected by Hurricane Matthew which ravaged Haiti earlier this month.
More than 800 people lost their lives as a result of the impact of the storm. Admission to the session was either two cans of food, a bag of clothing or bottled water.
According to the selector, not only was the event supported by ordinary Jamaicans but also by several persons from the entertainment fraternity, including Freddie McGregor and Tanya Stephens.
“It was a good look you know. They really gave us strength. Most of the industry people came and dropped off stuff. They didn’t stay, but they donated a lot of things.”
Trooper said he and his team decided to host the event to show that the members of the entertainment fraternity are tuned in with matters affecting people outside of Jamaica and outside of the industry.
“When it comes to artistes and the entertainment industry, everybody always have we off and say we don’t really do nothing like this, so we decided to do this to show them the other side of dancehall and show them that we care and we can give back to society in a meaningful way.”
Although the major event is out of the way, persons interested in making donations can still do so at 6 Cargill Avenue, as the cut-off point for bringing in relief donations has not yet been decided.
“When we decide on a cut-off time we will let people know, but right now we are still accepting donations; so if you have things you want to give, come to Cargill Avenue and drop them off,” said Trooper.