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Shelters and rehabilitation projects for the homeless are to benefit from the proceeds of a gala concert, which will be held at the Stephanie Hall Auditorium, Holy Childhood High School on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m.
The concert is being organised by the Sub-committee for the Homeless, under the Board of Supervision in the Ministry of Local Government and Environment. Speaking with JIS News, committee member, Pearline Barrett, noted that the committee was integrally involved in activities to improve the conditions of the homeless in Jamaica.
Among the projects to benefit from the proceeds are the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, where persons can drop-in for a meal, a bath and a change of clothing in the days and where some 80 people sleep at nights.
The committee was also instrumental in the recent establishment of the Open Arms Drop-In Centre, on the grounds of Bellevue Hospital in Kingston.
“It is very costly to keep these programmes going and because of that, the Sub-committee for the Homeless is trying to do some fundraising,” Mrs. Barrett said.
“We don’t want them to be there just dependent on us,” she said, referring to persons living on the streets. Rather, driven by a thrust to empower them, Mrs. Barrett expressed the committee’s intention “to come up with programmes like sewing, leather craft, gardening, farming,” which will provide a source of income for street persons and help to re-integrate them in the society.
The gala concert will feature artistes such as Fab 5, the Alphasonics Band, Commander John McFarlane, Denroy & Friends, among others.
Tickets for the event cost $1, 000 and $500 and may be obtained from the Secretary, Board of Supervision, Ministry of Local Government and Environment, and at the venue, which will be open from 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.
The concert was previously slated for the Merle Grove High School on Friday, November 10 but was postponed. Persons who purchased tickets at the previous rate of $2,000 are reminded that their tickets are still valid, and will entitle them to VIP treatment.
“Come and just sit back, relax and have a good time, bearing in mind that the proceeds will go towards assisting the people, who are out there on the streets and just seeking a better life,” Mrs. Barrett appealed.