The men of internationally-renowned reggae band Third World are here and say they are ready to give a dynamic performance at the JCI “Love Yourself – Learn about Cancer” concert tomorrow. The show forms part of a campaign to spread awareness about Cancer.
According to chairperson of the concert’s organising committee Shenella Govia, the JCI felt the need to engage in this campaign to provide hope to an increasing number of cancer patients in Antigua & Barbuda.
“In recent times, an increasing number of persons have been diagnosed and died from cancer; yet there are many survivors, hence, our reason for the Cancer Awareness Campaign – entitled A Ray of Hope,” she said. “We believe that there is hope and that cancer should not be considered a death sentence.”
Founding band member Steven “Cat” Coore, appearing on OBSERVER AM yesterday, said the band is here in Antigua and looking forward to Saturday’s show.
He noted the event is a personal one for him and the other band members because of the death of lead singer William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, from cancer earlier this month in the form of Leukaemia.
He said Clarke’s death affected the band members tremendously, but the band is holding up well. Coore added that the band would perform a tribute to the late singer at the show.
“One of the wishes of Bunny Rugs was that the band continued its legacy,” he said. “We’re firm and we’re good to go.”
Coore also said that Antigua is like a second home for the band so the members are very exited to perform in Antigua.
“It’s a great feeling to know it’s a different country to your country, but it shows the bond of the Caribbean and it shows how much of one people we are at the end of the day,” he said.
“Even doing this show is very important to us because all of us as Caribbean people need to come together to bond (and) deal with certain things, even with this cancer business. I think all of us, together, we need to do whatever we can to help…”
The concert culminates a multi-phased campaign which firstly involved constructing and placing donation boxes at Epicurean Supermarket, VC Bird International Airport and Copper and Lumber in English Harbour, followed by a series of guest lectures featuring doctors from USA, St Lucia, Jamaica and Argentina.
The venue of the concert has been changed from Yasco to Antigua Recreation Grounds, where covered seating is available, as well as restroom facilities.
The line-up is to include testimonials from cancer survivors, dances and musical renditions from selected artistes including Claudette Peters, Rashid Walker, Elite Dancers, Voices and more.
The concert is set to begin at 7 pm and tickets are $20 in advance, $30 at the door. There are also limited VIP tickets available for $100.