Come Mek We Laaf to sup­port Best Care

Fam­ily-friendly com­edy at JC on Dec 4

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer

THE BEST Care Foun­da­tion is gear­ing up to host its an­nual Come Mek Wi Laaf fam­i­lyfriendly com­edy on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 4.

Sched­uled for the Karl Hendrickson Au­di­to­rium, Ja­maica Col­lege, the show is ex­pected to serve up its usual dose of laugh­ter with yet an­other stel­lar line-up. Kathy Grant, Dufton Shep­herd, Pretty Boy Floyd and Leighton Smith have all been booked for the event, which will be hosted by Dr Michael Abra­hams. The or­gan­is­ers have also booked Er­rol Fa­bien, who is con­sid­ered one of Trinidad and Tobago’s best.

Di­rec­tor of the foun­da­tion, Everett Lewis, said: “Well, peo­ple know they will be in for a good deal of belly-bust­ing laugh­ter and fun. Although some of the acts have per­formed on the show al­ready, this year’s show will be dif­fer­ent. Many of them have come up with new jokes for this show and so they have never been heard any­where else be­fore.”

Lewis en­cour­ages Ja­maicans to bring their en­tire fam­ily as the en­ter­tain­ment pack­age be­ing of­fered is suit­able for all ages. “It is a fam­ily event – no ex­ple­tives and no X-rated jokes; just clean, whole­some fun,” he said.

He ex­plained that for the years he and his team have put on Come Mek Wi Laaf, they have never had an is­sue get­ting co­me­di­ans to come on board. “They al­ways jump at the op­por­tu­nity to do the show mainly be­cause of the cause. They en­joy what it is that we hope to do for the chil­dren and do not hes­i­tate to make their own con­tri­bu­tions,” he said. “It also helps that they en­joy the re­la­tion­ship we have built over the years. You know how peo­ple com­plain that they do this show or that and can’t get paid? Not here. We take care of them and they ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

With that said, the or­gan­is­ers are hop­ing for a great turnout, as the foun­da­tion is hop­ing to raise be­tween S1.5 and $1.80 mil­lion. The money will be used to run the Best Care Foun­da­tion, which takes care of many of the na­tion’s dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. Well aware of the tar­get, Lewis said: “What we do at Best Care is an im­por­tant job. We take care of so many chil­dren that need the help, and I just want per­sons to come out and sup­port the cause.”

LOOK­ING TO EX­PAND

Come Mek We Laaf 2016 get un­der­way at 6 p.m. Tick­ets are on sale for $2,800 a pop presold and $3,000 at the gate. Pur­chases can be made at Monarch Phar­macy, Sovereign Cen­tre, and Su­permed Phar­macy, Mall Plaza.

The Best Care Foun­da­tion, based on Treven­nion Road, St An­drew, pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion, med­i­cal care, skills train­ing, a sports pro­gramme, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and a ther­a­peu­tic en­vi­ron­ment for men­tally and phys­i­cally chal­lenged chil­dren. The home cur­rently caters to 10 chil­dren, while the school pro­vides ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for 40, in­clud­ing some from other chil­dren’s homes, places of safety and the com­mu­nity. How­ever, the school is look­ing to ex­pand in the near fu­ture to ac­com­mo­date an en­roll­ment of 150 chil­dren.

The place­ment of chil­dren at the home is gen­er­ally a re­sult of un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances, usu­ally in­volv­ing one or more of parental aban­don­ment, in­abil­ity of par­ents to cope with the sever­ity of the child’s dis­abil­i­ties, and be­reave­ment re­sult­ing in the chil­dren be­ing or­phaned.

The school is staffed by a mix of full-time and part-time staff. The full-time staff com­prises a prin­ci­pal, two spe­cial-ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers and four teacher’s aides. There are three part-time teach­ers.

SHEP­HERD

ABRA­HAMS

SMITH

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Kathy Grant

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