Veteran entertainer Richard Stoute and the Barbados Museum and Historical Society have partnered to offer assistance to identical twins, Toriaya and Tariaya Brathwaite who are suffering from microcephaly.
Stoute will be holding a free charity concert entitled Help The Children Concert on June 2 to raise funds from the two-and-a-half-year-olds. The concert will feature performances from Dr Anthony Mighty Gabby Carter, Grynner, Shirley Stewart, Richard Stoute Teen Talent alumni and more.
Although the concert is free, Stoute is appealing to patrons to donate cash which they can place in special envelopes which will be provided at the event.
Their mother, Gemma Benjamin, told Barbados TODAY the identical twins experienced feeding problems, problems with balance and movement as well as suffered from Down’s Syndrome. Their small heads are a birth defect of the medical condition caused by the mosquito-borne illness Zika.
The mischievous twins are going to be three-years-old on August 3 and their mother, a quality insurance specialist, revealed that taking care of her daughters was quite pricey.
“Pampers, milk, providing for their dietary needs, it is a bit costly but I try to provide as much as possible,” Benjamin shared while also revealing that the twins attend the Albert Cecil Children Development Centre.
Taking note of the family’s plight, Stoute is calling on Barbadians to attend and show their support. He urged locals to “pool their resources” and offer some relief to the family.
“I feel we have enough people in Barbados that we can come together,” said the veteran entertainer.
Deputy Director of the BHMS Kevin Farmer offered the museum’s full commitment to the fundraising concert, saying, “We believe as a part of the community it is our responsibility to assist where and when we are able to and partnering with Richard Stoute to have this concert in our Walled Garden Theatre allows us to do so. We deem it an honour to be a part of such a worthy cause and encourage Barbadians to support and donate to assist this family.”