Press Release:- GROS ISLET, St. Lucia – In a press conference held earlier today Tuesday, June 9th 2020, Kenson “Bay Bay” Casimir, organizer of the Gros Islet Virtual Friday Night Fundraiser presented a cheque of EC $20,447.46 from funds raised from the event to the Gros Islet Vendors’ Association.
On Friday May 8th, Casimir hosted a virtual telethon dedicated to raising funds for the vendors of Gros Islet who lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shut down in tourism in Saint Lucia.
Most of these vendors were not contributors of NIC and whilst Kenson emphasized the need for all vendors to be contributors, he could not sit by and not do something to help alleviate some of the pressures they were facing.
The Virtual Fundraiser was held on television and social media, attracting over 50,000 viewers and featured local artists such as Cooyah, Ezra d fun machine, Kisha, Mighty, Freezy, Blackboy, Michael Robinson, Big Sea; Friday Night DJs Mad Crew Sounds and international sensation DJ Kevin Crown.
The event has been dubbed the “largest and most entertaining online fundraiser in Saint Lucia’s history” by persons who were viewing from home.
“The immediate willingness of artists who performed to raise funds for the vendors was absolutely heartwarming. Everyone came together in such a short space of time to help out and played their part whether as volunteers to man the phones, as the production team, as performers, as persons pledging, Saint Lucians locally and abroad really came out to show their support. We also had persons who previously attended the Gros Islet Friday Night donate via Gofund me. I take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this event a success and whilst it took some time to gather all outstanding pledges, we were still able to quadruple our goal.”
Kenson Casimir wishes to also thank the following main contributors to the event:
RX 100 Remedy Construction Solutions
SOL Bois d’orange
Red Carnival Band Foundation
Hon. Philip J Pierre
Botham Jean Foundation
SOL Gros Islet
RISE St Lucia
Terrence St. Clair
Golden Events and