We like to look good. We like to party. We like to fete and carry on like every day is our last...but the soca community is more than just music and mas! Trinidad's bite-sized soca darling Lil Bitts is doing her part for charity with a new initiative called M2BC. It stands for Making Music to Benefit Charities, or simply the initials of the young ladies involved, Mel (Shivorne Melissa Mitchell), Miki (Tamika Ward-Lewis), Bitts (Shivonne Churche), CutieRae (Elena Rachel Rawlins)
I was very happy with Lil Bitts told me a little bit about the community work, she and her friends were delving into. As you know, giving back is close to my heart, especially when it comes to the Arts. Here's what Bitts had to say...
This foundation is a group of young intelligent talented women who have all been blessed with great vocals and the ability to play different instruments. We would now like to share our gift to benefit other young people like ourselves.
We plan to do this by having fund raisers and hosting various events throughout Trinidad. The money made would be used to purchase instruments for numerous homes and orphanages in Trinidad. Our goal is to go to these homes and teach the young people how to play, sing and even put on shows.
However, we do not intend to stop there. We wish to broaden our horizons as time goes on by indulging in different activities around the lines of music and exposing the talent that both we and our fellow colleagues in the music world have.
We had our first event on Friday October 9, 2009 at the Bishops/Trinity East School called "Do re mi...Karaoke". Students, parents, family members and good friends came out and participated by using their vocal chords whether the sound coming out was good or bad. The cost was $5.00TT and there were eats and drinks on sale...chocolate and sponge cake, sweetbread, brownies, puffs, juice, soft drink, water and of course no trini event is an event without corn soup.
Special thanks to Mr. Brown and Dawn for use of the Bishops/Trinity School, Gemma an advisor at our school COSTAATT, Gregory Mc Kay for the sound system, Robert and Bux from www.xclusiveventz.com for taking the photos, John Soon hon for designing our logo and everyone who supported and donated to the event.
All in all in a tiny class room we raised $978.00TT. People sang and danced from 6pm - 9pm and when it was over they wanted more. All in all it was a successful event and look out for more events coming soon!!!
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