Aid for the Children of Haiti Earthquake, Madejski StadiumBy Miss L'Amour
April 14, 2010
Earlier this month, the Angels headed to the Madejski Stadium to join members and friends of the United Haitians in the UK (UHUK) for its Entertainment Aid event. The evening had been put on in aid of the children of Haiti who had been affected by the recent earthquake.
It was a real celebration of Haitian culture and hosted by Louise Chandler and Jeff Hinds, raising awareness and money at the same time.
The musicians, comedians, dancers, poets, singers, the hosts and organisers all donated their time free of charge and put on an event that Haitians worldwide would have been proud of.
The event started in the afternoon and continued well into the evening so there was plenty of time to try some delicious Caribbean food and drink and soak up the atmosphere.
We laughed, danced and partied while enjoying some charitable fun.
The afternoon session was aimed at families, starting at 4pm and continuing through to 7pm.
The evening session, aimed at adults, then started at 7.30pm.
Turns included Joy Prime Fashion, who took to the stage to showcase the work of innovative fashion designers with Caribbean roots. The outfits fused the rich vibrancy of Afro Caribbean style with traditional British designs.
David Brewster’s energetic performance of reggae and soca music gave us a taste of the Caribbean while British Mobo award-winning musician JNAY gave us some electro pop funk and soul.
Recording artist Noel Mckoy said he is saddened but honoured to do his little bit for the people of Haiti. He added that he is recording a song in aid of Haiti with many well-known artists including Mica Egypt and Omar.
He is co-writing the single with Rianna Scipio, the producer and brains behind the song. Every penny the track raises will go to the people of Haiti and he would love to personally hand it over to them himself.
Performer Baby Sol said they were thankful for what we have and believe that, as a collective, working together they can make a difference to the Haitian nation, supporting the children and families.
As the night went on hands were clapping and hips were swinging to so many of these heartfelt performances.
Lizzie Dean put her soul into her performance and it was clear everyone who was here tonight was here for one reason – the children and the future of Haiti.
The event had been masterminded by Kathy Johnson, who has family in Haiti who have been affected by the disaster.
She said that the event raised more than £3,000 and the organising team would like to thank the Madejski Stadium and the Millennium Hotel, as well as the Mayor’s office, for everything they did to help make the event happen.
The organisers would also thank everyone who came along to support it.
The money raised will go towards rebuilding infrastructures like schools, libraries and family centres that are invaluable to Haiti’s children and families.
UHUK is a registered charity and has been organised by the descendants of a small but ever-growing group of Haitians in the UK.
It has been running for the past two years, and aims to have a strong connection with their homeland’s culture as well as making a positive impact on the country.
It’s thought that it will take many years to rebuild Haiti, but this night will help give people necessary funds to make it happen.
It was one heavenly event we won’t forget.