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Capleton Showers Blessings following "A St Mary Mi Come From"

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Capleton.jpgClifton "Capleton" Bailey walked his talk in a big way on Thursday September 13, 2007 as he made presentations to a number of schools and organizations, using funds raised at his annual Benefit concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, that took place on August 5, 2007. Annotto Bay's Grays Inn Sports Complex was buzzing with excitement, as children from different schools performed with dance, song and cultural recitation. One school's choral group presented a moving song written especially for Capleton, whose altruism and thoughtfulness has impacted the lives of so many.

Giving back to the community is paramount in Capleton's philosophy of life. In fact the Mayor for Annotto Bay, St. Mary came forward to shower further praise on Capleton, by revealing that he has never requested a waiver for Parish Council Entertainment Tax/Fees - usually given to promoters of benefit concerts.

In explaining Capleton's adherence to this philanthropic stance, his Manager, Claudette Kemp said, it all began for Capleton when he was a young "sufferer" - walking and singing and selling exercise books in his parish of St Mary. "Capleton made a pledge at that time, that he would take care of his parish one day – when he got rich...he told himself that the time would come when he would be giving away exercise books to school children instead of selling them," Kemp explained.

Tributes to "The Fire Man" were abound on this joyous occasion, with some of them penned by: Superintendent Dennis Natt of the Annotto Bay Police Department, Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Professor in charge of the Reggae Studies Unit at the University of the West Indies and Mrs Vinetta Clarke, Principal of Islington High School.

St. Mary has historically been recognized as one of the poorest parishes with its hilly terrain. Coming from this region, thrust Capleton into a keen awareness of how much need there was within not only his poor community but also those of the world. Capleton said, "If I could change the world, I would - but for now, I will start with St. Mary."

Capleton's well needed gifts came at a perfect time...following the hurricane Dean. The schools benefiting include: Haile Selassie High School, Jacks River Primary School, Annotto Bay All Age School and Enfield Primary and Jr. High School. Capleton was surrounded at the presentation ceremony by many wonderful children, giving glorious thanks with their presentations.

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