The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT -

The Leeboration Con­cert held this past Sun­day at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground raised just over $53,000 in pledges dur­ing a live telethon that was broad­cast on Choice TV, Cal­abash and DBS.

The con­cert (also broad­cast on Kairi FM) was the big­gest in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties from the Artistes for Leebo Move­ment, a group formed to raise funds for Saint Lu­cian singer, song­writer and pro­ducer Fran­cis “Leebo” De Lima. The owner of pro­duc­tion house Heights Mu­sic was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in early Au­gust.

Leeboration was also an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to cel­e­brate the artistry of this Saint Lu­cian cul­tural icon and pa­triot with per­for­mances from a myr­iad of artistes backed up by Ron­ald “Boo” Hink­son and Friends, Eval­u­cian and DYP.

To­wards the end of the evening, a spe­cial thank you for the out­pour­ing of pub­lic and cor­po­rate sup­port was de­liv­ered by Leebo’s daugh­ter Leeryk De Lima who spoke of her fa­ther’s drive and de­ter­mi­na­tion – fac­tors she said would en­able him to win this lat­est bat­tle. It was an emo­tional mo­ment that was capped off by the sing­ing of Leebo’s “Un­con­di­tional Love” by all the artistes who per­formed at the event.

A t-shirt with the of­fi­cial graphic im­age of the move­ment as de­signed by Ted San­di­ford of Acid Kreationz is still avail­able and will be on sale at the Wil­liam Peter Boule­vard in Cas­tries to­day from 10am.

The Artistes for Leebo Move­ment thanks all the pa­trons who came out on Sun­day, those who pledged as well as the cor­po­rate part­ners, artistes, tech­ni­cal crew and vol­un­teers who made Leeboration a suc­cess. #ForLeebo.

Arthur do­ing his bit to en­ter­tain the crowds and raise funds.

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