Scheduled for Saturday September 30 at 8pm in Schenectady, NY
In February this year The Caribbean Voice (TCV) launched Concert For Hope – a series of concerts that present clean family fun while promoting suicide and abuse prevention.
The first concert was held in Orlando, Florida and met all our expectations. The second concert is scheduled for Saturday September 30 at 8pm in Schenectady, upstate New York. It is being held in collaboration with Exit Lounge, located at 869 Crane Street, the venue for the event.
Performers for this concert include Apache Waria, Nishal B, Damian Sookram, Ravi R2 Narine, Phulmatie and Dave Yankarran, Rasheed Bacchus and Ta.V.TA, singer & dancer. TCV spokespersons, Natty Ramoutar who would double up as the tech engineer for the concert and SatishUdairam who is also the event organizer and coordinator will also be performing.
The following is a press release from The Caribbean Voice:
Over the past three years The Caribbean Voice has invested about five and half million dollars (Guyana) in suicide prevention and anti-abuse in Guyana. We have stretch every dollar to the maximum since we have no overheads whatever and our leadership fund, out of pocket, their costs associated with our work.
During this time we have engaged in over 300 successful counseling cases; held over 20 workshops that trained over almost 2,000 persons, including hundreds of students and engaged in another 20 outreaches that networked with a few thousand persons. As well we held more than 50 meetings; attended over 25 different fora, reached hundreds of thousands of person with our articles letters and interviews (in more than fifty mediaglobally, including New York City’s Daily News newspaper, the BBC, Vice News, ITV and Al Jazeera); widely disseminated information across numerous media platforms (traditional and online) reaching hundreds of thousands; engaged in lobbying for a range of measures with the suicide helpline coming into being (promises to place counselors in schools and to develop a model to tackle pesticide suicide were made but not delivered); commissioned two surveys and held four press conferences.
As well we held the first and only National Stakeholders’ Conference on Suicide and Related Issues, which was self financed and not funded by money raised for our activism work. Additionally, we have coordinated Voices Against Violence which organizes the Annual Anti-ViolenceCandlelight Vigil that, in two years, saw 500 plus candle light vigils held across Guyana and launched the Annual El Dorado Awards, which has so far, has honored over 30 affirmation agents on the social landscape with another 18 to be honored this year. This awards is also self-funded by sponsorship and ticket sales.
Our work has a national reach and we have established regional sub groups in six regions with the remaining four to be set up next year. In recognition of our work we were invited by the local UN representative to make a presentation at a special session of Guyana’s parliament. Out team of unpaid volunteers number over 60 in Guyana and the Diaspora, and include psychologists, clinical counselors, sociologists, mental health professionals, medical personnel, researchers and writers, media personnel, spokespersons from the world of entertainment, social and community activists and businesses.
The Caribbean Voice appeals for support for this concert as money raised funds our suicide prevention and anti-abuse work in Guyana and elsewhere.
Sponsors include Upstate Auto Repairs, Ankerville Cricket Team, Chris Auto Repairs, Ratish Black Top Sealing. Emcee duties would be done by TCV Vice-President, the charming Shanaz Hussain of Shanaz Musical Sensation.
Tickets at $15.00 each can be obtained from Vicky at 518-728-6558 and Ratish at 518-779-2367. At the door tickets will be $20 each. Both Vicky and Ratishcan be contacted for further info, as well as Shanaz.