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One of premier events on the Carnival cal-
endar, and said to be the best all-inclusive fete
in Arima, Holy Cross College's all-inclusive
fund-raiser Soca on D Hill is poised to set the
standard for all inclusive events in the east when
it takes place on February 10.
As he welcomed guests to the borough, Arima's
deputy mayor Cagney Casimire, who spoke on behalf
of the Arima mayor, expressed his pride about Arima
being home to an institution like Holy Cross Col-
lege and looked forward t o
the success of the event.
Casimire was followed
by Minister of Educa-
tion and MP for Arima,
Anthony Garcia, who
spoke about how honoured he was to be a
part of the proceedings. He also noted that the use of
the funds raised by the school for maintenance of its
building and compound was to be commended, as a
quality education meant having quality teachers as
well as quality facilities. He endorsed the initiative
and said he looked forward to having an enjoyable
time on February 10.
After an overview of the event from Nu Wave Event
Solutions managing director and a few words from
event sponsor and ANSA Coatings Ltd CEO Roger
Roach, Holy Cross principal Paul Reyes spoke to his
pride about being at the helm of the school during
this critical developmental time. He said: "I look
forward to expanding and upgrading our school so
our students can enjoy a fuller experience and not be
confined to pursuing only science at Sixth form but
modern studies and business as well."
The star studded cast for Soca on D Hill 2017 in-
cludes Ricardo Drue and Tizzy, front line singers for
Roy Cape All Stars, as well as Marvay from Barba-
dos. The artistes were present at the launch and gave
guests a taste of what they could expect at the fete.
One of the
goal this year is not only to provide financial support
but to be fully immersed in all activities. Augustine
said: "This is consistent with Rickie's belief that a
profit is not always financial but can also be social
and used to improve person's lives.
"The Play Mas with a Purpose team has, therefore,
donated pampers and food supplies to the society.
We have formed bonds with some of the parents and
have heard many of their stories in a bid to understand
the ailment. The committee has been giving Carnival
Monday costumes to members of the society, along
with their parents, who are interested in participating
in the parade of bands. We have special arrangements
to cater to any of their needs on that day."
Cerebral Palsy Society president Phillip Metivier
believes that many persons with CP in T&T are un-
diagnosed. He also wishes to spread awareness of
the issue since many parents have yet to understand
it. Metivier has told Play Mas with a Purpose that
much of the government funding which parents of
CP children would receive has been cut and he has,
therefore, thanked Play Mas with a Purpose and
Davidson for the offer to assist. He hopes that the
coverage which the society receives would help in
their plea for increased public and private support.
PETER RAY BLOOD
Wee International (WI) is a Carnival band
with a conscience, as the band digs into its
profits each year to donate money to worthy
causes. Maintaining its six-year tradition this
year, WI mas band is donating all of its profits
from Carnival Monday to the Cerebral Palsy
Society of T&T. Masqueraders from the band
will parade the streets on Carnival Monday in
green (the signature colour of Cerebral Palsy)
to bring awareness to the cause.
WI PRO Celeste Augustine explained: "This initi-
ative, called Play Mas with a Purpose, began in 2011
when a former committee member brought the idea
from a Breast Cancer awareness walk she had attended
in Miami. All participants of that walk were asked to
wear a Carnival headpiece since many of them had
Caribbean backgrounds. Bandleader Rickie Davidson
agreed to adopt the concept and expand it so that the
band donated all of its profits to a society.
"Carnival Monday of 2011 had been dedicated to
Breast Cancer Awareness where all masqueraders
wore T-shirts that were pink (the signature colour
for the cause) and sported the logo (pink ribbon).
Since then, the band has dedicated every Carnival
Monday to highlight a cause which affects Caribbean."
For the past five months, Augustine, together with
Keston Lazare and a small team, have been involved in
any activism staged by the Cerebral Palsy Society. The
Playing mas with a cause
Record of Wee International charitable deeds:
2011 - Breast Cancer Awareness (Pink Monday)
2012 - End Human Trafficking and Modern-Day
Slavery (Blue Monday)
2013 - End Violence Against Women and Children
2014 - HIV/Aids Awareness (Red Monday)
2016 - Autism Awareness (Multicoloured Monday)
Tickets for Soca on D Hill cost $700 and are avail-
able at the College and selected outlets. For more
ticketing information and other enquiries, call 689-
HILL (4455) or visit the Soca on D Hill Facebook
page or Instagram account.
Soca on the Hill
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