Benefit concert for Marie Atkins Shelter tomorrow


October 27, 2017
The University Singers

Caribbean music standard-bearers the University Singers will on Saturday, October 28, 2017, showcase their exceptional talents on behalf of the beneficiaries of the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, this with the support of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Desnoes and Geddes Foundation.

The benefit performance, which will be held at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Arts at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, will begin at 8 p.m., with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the shelter's development programme spearheaded by the UDC under its corporate social responsibility programme.

The corporation's relationship with the shelter was forged following its selection as the UDC's 2017 Labour Day project in May of this year.

According to Dr Damian Graham, UDC general manager, the entity "is vested in the economic, social, cultural, and ecological fabric of downtown Kingston, where its headquarters are based, and sees this charity outreach as a pivotal part of its work in improving the lives of people."

It was while carrying out the scope of works on the project that the UDC realised that much more was required, hence the commitment by chairman Ransford Braham and Graham to provide the additional support and to appeal to likeminded persons to support as well.

The Desnoes and Geddes Foundation the charitable arm of Red Stripe - expressed a desire to collaborate with the UDC to improve the shelter and organised the event to raise funds.

Garth Williams, sustainability manager at Red Stripe, said that the company's involvement was spurred by statements from Desmond McKenzie urging corporate entities to become more involved in their communities while he delivered the keynote address at the launch of the foundation in May this year.

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