Musicians to aid kidney patients

A group of musicians is tuning up to help a former band member and assist the dialysis unit at the Cayman Islands Hospital by hosting a “Fantastic Friday” event. 

The event will take place during Pirates Week, on Nov. 14, at the Green Parrot in the Royal Watler Cruise Terminal and will see a host of international musicians, such as Little Rick, Skinny Fabulous from St. Vincent, Red Plastic Bag, Biggie Irie, who won Sweet Soca Monarch in Barbados, Imani, as well as several Cayman DJs participating in a “DJ sound clash.” 

“George Jones is a founding member of soca band Square One, now living in Savannah. He is still on dialysis treatment awaiting a kidney transplant,” said John Roett, the musical director from Barbados who is organizing the event, along with Brent McLean and George Jones. 

This is the second time the musicians have come together to help raise funds for the hospital’s dialysis unit. 

Mr. Roett spent time with Mr. Jones as he underwent his dialysis treatment at the Cayman Islands Hospital to see what it is like and decided to help organize another fundraiser. 

“The first time we did the event, it was a huge success in East End with a host of international and local artists,” he said. 

Giving his full support to the venture and congratulating organizers, Health and Culture Minister Osbourne Bodden said he understood it was a very worthy initiative and something that was a success last year. 

“Mr. Jones is very keen and interested in what is going on in the island with music and the dialysis unit and, as a patient, it is admirable that he puts his time and effort towards something like this,” Mr. Bodden said. 

Pirates Week Executive Director Melody McField said the event will also enhance the Pirates Week Festival. “It gives back not only to the Caymanian community but to a more important health factor which is the kidney dialysis center.” 

Mr. McLean said the organizers are hoping to make the show an annual event, with the show being held in whichever district is holding its Heritage Day on a Friday. “This year’s Fantastic Friday will be held in George Town and we have approached the district’s Pirates Week committee to come on board with us,” he said. 

According to Mr. McLean, there will be a six-man DJ clash with each artist playing for 10 minutes. The winner, chosen by the audience, will receive a prize of $1,000.  

Tickets, at $30 prepaid, $40 at the gate and $60 for VIP, are on sale at Reflections, Funky Tangs and the Atlantic Department store.  

Fantastic-Friday

Health minister Osbourne Bodden, fifth from left, with organizers of ‘Fantastic Friday.’ – PHOTO: JEWEL LEVY

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