SPARROW Performs at Dominica ‘ERIKA’ Disaster Benefit Showcase Event in London
On Friday 2nd October the Dominica High Commission in London in collaboration with the Dominica National Development & Disaster Fund, and the Dominica Erika Disaster Relief Committee held the Dominica ”ERIKA” Disaster Benefit Showcase event. The event was supported by the CARICOM High Commissions in London and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham.
The evening was a huge success, comprising of performances from several artists in different genres such as jazz, R & B, reggae, soul and comedy, and an exceptional cultural presentation from the DONA Quadrille Dancers. A number of the performing artists were of Dominican descent.
The highlight of the evening, however, was a captivating performance by the world renowned calypsonian, The Mighty Sparrow.
The evening was also graced with the presence of world renowned cricketer, Clive Lloyd.
All the artists, volunteers and organisers gave their services pro bono towards the fundraising initiative, and their efforts are highly praised.
To date, the High Commission has also assisted and facilitated in the shipment of two-40 ft containers of supplies to Dominica.
The items have been donated by the Dominican nationals and Associations, UK companies, churches and other parties. The response to this humanitarian appeal has been highly commendable and those who have made donations are assured that all items which have been sourced through the High Commission were consigned to the Government of Dominica’s official aid office.
In recognition of the valiant effort and response from all parties, the Acting High Commissioner took the opportunity at the fundraising event, to thank all the Dominican Associations in the UK, the organisers and volunteers who gave their time so selflessly and the sponsors who enabled the success of the Showcase. The Mission also recognises the efforts by the individuals who volunteered in the sorting and packing of donated supplies which were facilitated through its offices.
The High Commission is heartened by the overwhelming response to the initial humanitarian need and the level of concern demonstrated by the Diaspora.
Dominica faces a long road towards its redevelopment. The continued support of the Dominican community in the UK and elsewhere, friends of Dominica, and the international community will be vital to the process of rebuilding.