The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation, on March 22, handed over a $55 million cheque to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.The money was raised from the Shaggy and Friends Benefit Concert held in January.
Though the figure is JM$15 million less than the figure raised during the 2014 edition, Shaggy expressed his satisfaction with the amount and handed over a cheque to the hospital.
This year’s proceeds go towards improving various sections of the hospital, including the Intensive Care Unit, which currently has five beds, much less than required.
[clickToTweet tweet=”Shaggy Donates JM$55 Million To Bustamante Hospital for Children” quote=”Shaggy Donates JM$55 Million To Bustamante Hospital for Children” theme=”style6″]
“The figure that we make is nothing compared to what we spend. What we make is a drop in the bucket from what we really need; however, we are grateful for all the support,” Shaggy said at a presser for the event.
However, Shaggy reportedly hit out at Jamaicans living in the United States for their lack of support towards the event. This year’s edition of the Shaggy and Friends show was broadcast on iHeartRadio, a U.S.-based radio station that broadcast the show on 18 channels across the country.
Though the radio station did their part, Shaggy said the support they received from the diaspora in the U.S. was poor.
“There are over four millions Jamaicans living in the United States, more than who live in Jamaica. But the Jamaicans didn’t step up to do their part. We raised way less than we expected from them,” he said.
William Mahfood, Managing director of the Wisynco Group, also handed over a cheque valued at over $8 million dollars. WATA donated three dollars from every bottle of the 2 million specially labeled bottles of water sold.
Stewart’s Auto donated $1.5 million.
Kenneth Benjamin, Chairman of the hospital, said some 450 pieces of medical equipment have so far been purchased with proceeds from the concerts.
“Over 77,000 children are treated at this hospital yearly. This is the only children’s hospital in the the Caribbean, so we attend to children from the region also,” he said.
<>“Shaggy and his team has proven that they are all about making a change and not just another avenue for talk.”
Over $255 million has so far been raised for the children’s hospital over the years.
[clickToTweet tweet=”JM$55M raised from Shaggy and Friends 2016 Benefit concert” quote=”JM$55M raised from Shaggy and Friends 2016 Benefit concert” theme=”style6″]