Rain and breeze from Tropical Storm Ernesto forced the organisers of the annual charity concert, A St Mary Mi Come From, to be rescheduled to a new date, August 18, 2012.
Originally scheduled for August 5, the day and night event got off to a great start with a kiddies treat, which saw hundreds of children from all across St Mary participating in various games, contests, and activities. However, by late evening, the rain and breeze led to the postponement of the stage show, which is being held under the theme, 'Ole Time Something Come Back Again In Real Original Dancehall Style'.
"Since the children's treat came off as planned, we will be focusing on the stage show only on August 18," Claudette Kemp, manager of reggae artiste Capleton and chief organiser of A St Mary Mi Come From, explained.
She added that both the performers and the organisers were disappointed that the event could not take place, but noted that "we will have an even bigger and better show come August 18. The artistes are enthusiastic about the event and so, too, are our loyal sponsors and the patrons who support us every year."
The brainchild of reggae-dancehall artiste, Capleton, A St Mary Mi Come From is now in its 11th staging and takes place at the Gray's Inn Sports Complex in St Mary.
Artistes on the line-up include Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, Louie Culture, George Nooks, Beenie Man Romain Virgo, Glen Washington, Stranger Cole, Carl Dawkins, Major Mackeril, Chuck Fender, Prophecy, D'Angel, Macka Diamond, Fire Pashon, General B, Iba Mahr, Ninja Man, the Prophet Capleton, and many more.
Each year, the proceeds from A St Mary Mi Come From are donated to institutions in St Mary, the parish of Capleton's birth, and also to schools and needy facilities in other parishes across the island.
The Annotto Bay Hospital, Islington High, Half-Way Tree and Buff Bay Primary schools are among the beneficiaries of this year's event. Included among the past bene- ficiaries are Mothers In Crisis, Oberlin High School, the Port Maria Hospital, and many others.