The upcoming general election has forced the organizers of Shaggy and Friends to postpone the event until the New Year.
The concert originally scheduled for December 30, is slated to take place on Saturday, January 7, 2012 on the lawns of Jamaica house.
International entertainer Lauryn Hill, Maxi priest, Romain Virgo, Assassin, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Coco Tea and Half Pint are some of the entertainers confirmed for the charity event.
This year, the proceeds from Shaggy and Friends will help to furnish the new ICU/cardiac ward working in partnership with chain Of Hope, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses who perform surgeries each year on our children with heart problems. Over 500 children are born each year with heart defects.
To Date the Shaggy & Friends make a difference foundation has raised a total of j$57,000,000 (US$650,000). The Foundation covered the costs for an overall audit to be done on all medical equipment (working or otherwise) at the Bustamante Hospital (June-July, 2011). In addition, they purchased two new fully equipped dental chairs for the dental unit at the hospital as their unit was forced to close due to non-functional dental chairs. The chairs were delivered and installed earlier this year.
Shaggy’s involvement with the Bustamante Hospital dates back to 2001.