Almost two years after the successful staging of the biennial Shaggy and Friends concert, the Bustamante Hospital for Children is still anxiously waiting to receive the benefits from the charity event which reportedly raised $100 million.
The concert was hosted by international recording artiste Orville ‘Shaggy’ Burrell on January 6, 2018 with support from the Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, which is co-directed by his wife, Rebecca Burrell.
Contacted by The Sunday Gleaner, the hospital’s chairman, Kenneth Benjamin, confirmed that neither the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds that were to be purchased from the proceeds of the charity event nor the money raised has been handed over.
“We haven’t received the funds yet,” Benjamin told The Sunday Gleaner last week.
Since its inception in 2009, the Shaggy and Friends concert has reportedly raised more than $400 million for the hospital, which is the only one of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. The last staging of the event was held on the lawns of Jamaica House and featured a star-studded line-up with performances from international artistes Sting, Wyclef Jean, and a number of Jamaican favourites.