Free Haiti Relief concert Saturday

Local acts, businesses donate time, services

A free local Haiti Relief concert
is being held tomorrow (Saturday, 30 January).

The show with a multiband line-up including
Love Culture, Barefoot, Suckerbox, Smooth Bill Annie, Charlie goes Electric and
Clever Knots, is being staged at Grand Harbour near the Brick House.

The 12-hour event from 12 noon to
midnight promises music marathon with loads of giveaways, as well as all-day
sessions at the surf venue.

Speaking to the Caymanian Weekender,
concert organiser and Manager of the Brick House John Mack said: “The idea came
to me days after the Haiti earthquake. It was clearly not feasible for me to
leave my job and go down to Haiti to help with the relief efforts, so I thought
I’d do something much closer to home. I wanted to stage an event which would
raise a significant amount for the local Red Cross.

“It’s a fundraising format that
we’ve used before and we know that it works. I spoke to some musicians about the
idea and they were keen to donate their time so that it seemed like a no
brainer to stage.”

He explained that the Cayman
Islands Red Cross be collecting donations at the show. Mr. Mack said that
several local companies when approached with the concept had decided to
donating 100 per cent of the proceeds of their products.

Digicel is donating five Blackberry’s,  to be raffled off during the show; Cayman
Imports will donate food items for sale, Z99 had donated two weeks of radio
advertising to promote the show, Caybrew are giving the organisers kegs of Caybrew,
Caylight and Ironshore Boc draft and Cayman Screen Print is donating the print
cost of concert t-shirts.

“All the proceeds of the sales will
be going directly to the Red Cross,” Mr. Mack confirmed.

Love Culture band leader Stuart
Wilson said: “We think
it is important to be in solidarity with the Haitian people and the rest of the
world in their efforts to restore the lives of those affected. We are honoured
to have been asked to contribute in the best way we as musicians can.”

Commercial Manager of the Cayman Islands Brewery, James Mansfield said: “Obviously
we wanted to donate to the Haiti fundraising event. One of our staff members
has family Haiti so the fundraiser is very close to the company’s heart.”

Manager of the local Red Cross Hermant Balgbin said: “We hope everyone comes
out and support all the other companies that have pulled together to assist in
raising the funds for Haiti. Every penny counts. 

Mack contacted us early [last] week, with all the logistics already established,
which was very fortunate as we were extremely busy in mobilising and starting
to do our part to support Haiti, respond to our own earthquake and in the days
before assisting with the search for the missing boaters. 

is always with efforts such as this, and individuals that are quick to act that
more lives can be saved”.

The show is being sponsored by
Cayman Free Press Caybrew, Z-99, ROOSTER FM, Digicel, Cayman Imports, Cayman Islands
Red Cross, AI Rentals, Cayman Compass and the management of the Oar house.