by Kimberley Cummins
For members of internationally signed Barbadian band Cover Drive, the Barbados Gold Buyers Shine concert is much more than just a fund-raiser.
“It is a fund-raiser to build a foundation of dreams and what people aspire to be,” lead singer Amanda Reifer said today.
The Shine concert, for which the band are the headliners, was an initiative conceived by the Give Back Committee of the Queen’s College school to help raise $1.2 million to build a sports pavilion.
Speaking on behalf of the group at the official launch of the January 5, 2013 show, she said they were very excited to perform at the show, which will be held at Ilaro Court.
“The concert is more than just a fund-raiser for a pavilion for us… We hope to inspire the kids who come out to the concert and it is going to be a great show… Even though we all didn’t go to QC we are happy to be a part of it because QC has always been a supporter of the Arts and young talent.
“Each of us performed there, even before we started the band, even before we had a record deal. QC was the place to go for pageants, to perform and we are happy to be helping out wherever we can,” Reifer said.
The launch took place at East Restaurant at Waves Hotel in St. James this morning.
All of the proceeds from the concert will go towards the construction of the facility.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Minster of Youth and Culture Stephen Lashley, who were present, both pledged their continued support of the fund-raising efforts.
“My ministry is fully supportive of this event… It is heartening to see this committee in a self help mode doing all it can in order to realising the goal. I pledge that wherever possible, my ministry will continue to give wherever it can to your fund-raising efforts.
“I wish to applaud the efforts of the fund-raising committee, which I understand has been in existence since 2010, for conceptualising this concert in order to raise these much needed funds.
“I am happy to see that Cover Drive will head the line up of artistes slated to perform at the fund-raising concert. Many persons I am sure will be looking forward to seeing the performance by this young group. I also want to also congratulate and thank all the other artistes who have given their commitment to take part in this concert alongside Cover Drive.
“You too have reaped success and will continue to reap success. Let me encourage not only students, parents and old scholars, but the general public to come on board in support of this concert and by extension this wonderful initiative,” said Lashley.
Other acts who will perform at the concert are: NexCyx, Philip 7, Simon Pipe, A Few Good Men, Mya Daniel, Stephie Leigh, Karlos Cobham and Rupee.
Chairperson of the Give Back committee, Vivian-Anne Gittens, said to date they had raised $500,000: just over $100,000 was raised by the committee while the Government of Barbados through the Ministry of Education donated $400,000 to its construction.
Gittens said the architects on the project advised them that before building work could be started, they would first have to have at least 70 per cent of the funds ($840,000) in hand. With that in mind, she added, they embarked on a number of fund raiser initiatives with the concert being the most ambitious.
The building of a sports pavilion began at the school 21 years ago but it was never completed. The original structure will now be demolished and a new facility built.
The new building will be a multifunctional facility with three levels: first floor, ground floor and basement. There will be two staff rooms for the four physical education teachers, equipment storage area, changing rooms for males, females and as well as an away teams changing rooms. Seating will be for approximately 200 spectators, and the facility will include a main hall and teaching space, a kitchenette and will be fully accessible to the disabled.