Reggae Sumfest donates to Mo Bay groups

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The organisers of the annual international reggae music festival Reggae Sumfest have donated $400,000 in cash and computer equipment to two groups in St. James.

The beneficiaries are the Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club, which has received  $300,000 to assist in procuring musical instruments for its band, while a computer, valued at approximately $100,000, was presented to the Jamaica Fire Brigade's Montego Bay Office.

Johnny Gouzong, Executive Director of Reggae SumFest, made the presentations on Tuesday, July 5, during the official launch of the 19th staging of the Reggae Sumfest at the Iberostar Rosehall Hotel in Montego Bay.

Howard Deers, the director in charge of transportation for Reggae SumFest Promotions, said the donations were the organiser's way of giving back to society "which has given tremendous support to the festival over the past many years."

The Montego Bay Boys' and Girls' Club was the national parish project for St. James for Labour Day activities on May 23, receiving overwhelming support from the business community and citizens of Montego Bay and the parish.

Mr. Gouzong, in the meantime, announced that at this year staging of Reggae SumFest "we will be honouring some of those entertainers, who have contributed to the development of Jamaica's music, such as Beres Hammond, E.T. Webster and the late Gregory Isaacs."

Dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth, Reggae Sumfest will be held from July 17 to 23 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

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