Gregory's foundation delivers on promise

Observer writer

Monday, May 13, 2019

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Gregory Isaacs Foundation made good on its promise and donated part proceeds from February's Red Rose For Gregory concert to Patricia House in Kingston on Friday.

The handover took place at the drug rehabilitation centre's headquarters on Upper Lady Musgrave Avenue.

June Isaacs, head of the foundation and widow of the late reggae singer, was unwilling to disclose the amount, but said the gesture was important.

“It's very important for me to give back to the Patricia House. I've had a first-hand experience, and how it (drugs) destroys family and how much pain and heartbreak the people around drug abuse go through. If I can help in any way to save someone from having to go through the trouble and trauma, then I will always do it. It brings me joy to know that the foundation and I have done something and we will continue to play our part,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

This was the foundation's third donation to the centre from the show's proceeds.

Marva Bailey, acting technical director at the Patricia House, was elated at the donation.

“This donation that we have received will definitely continue to reach out to those persons who are suffering from addiction, whether it's crack cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and smoking, in general. So it continues the work that was started 28 years ago. It's a struggle, so any little help we can get is really appreciated,” she told the Observer.

“Patricia House has helped a lot of artistes in the past. But in recent times, I have not heard about any other reaching out to us except the Gregory Isaacs Foundation,” she continued.

Held at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston, Red Rose For Gregory concert featured headliners American R&B singers Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. Japanese sax player Megumi Mesaku and Dean Fraser, singers Boris Gardiner, Junior Sinclair, and Bunny Rose were also billed.

Known for hit songs including Night Nurse, Rumours, Love Overdue and Soon Forward, Isaacs battled cocaine addiction. He died of lung cancer in London on October 25, 2010.

In 2016, the Jamaican Government posthumously awarded him an Order of Distinction (Officer Class) in recognition of his contribution to music.

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