iLive Volcano Relief for St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Written by iLive UK on August 19, 2021
iLive Press Release: August 2021
iLIVE Radio Network sends relief to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
The world watched in fear as the eruptions of the La Soufrière Volcano situated in the north of the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines began on 9 April 2021 and displaced close to 20,000 persons.
The iLive Radio Network around 3 continents wasted no time in supporting these victims like many other organisations from around the world. iLive Radio UK, Canada & Caribbean pulled together and publicly launched their iLive Volcano Relief Appeal.
With donations sent in from local individuals and businesses to iLive’s Network of radio stations and being delivered to various shipping agents in both Canada & Trinidad, iLive UK called upon Alban Hippolyte (A Hipps Shipping Service Ltd) in the UK to send barrels of aid to St. Vincent in order to help the victims in their phase one operation.
Items such as clothing, non perishable foods, baby products & sanitary products were collected and dispatched.
With help from the iLive on the ground team in Rillan Hill, SVG – Karissa Samuel, Phylicia Frederick, Jocelyn Collis & Nathaniel Frederick quickly and effectively ensured the aid received reached those most vulnerable in the eruptions.
Early in June, Phase Two of iLive’s operation in helping the displaced victims of La Soufriere eruption saw iLive UK collaborate with Alexa Albert who had already been helping Michelle’s Child Development Centre (MCDC) in St. Vincent.
Another appeal for help was broadcasted from iLive Radio UK and footage courtesy of MCDC was posted all over social media of Vincentians in need of worldwide help to support those who had not been able to get themselves back up and running, after the volcano had somewhat simmered down.
The Aftermath of the eruption caused many mudflows (lahars) which resulted in the lost of homes, businesses and the ash fall from the volcano covered the entire island, which meant farmers had lost all their valuable crops.
iLive sent another set of barrels with necessary aid to St. Vincent & the Grenadines and again the on the ground team lead by Cuthbert James (Peace Corps) jumped into action, getting the aid to those who still & urgently required support.
Phase Three of iLive’s operation to help the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines was to take things onto a bigger stage as news of the after effects of ‘La Soufriere’ slowly disappeared from the media and yet, thousands of people are still going without.
iLive UK decided to host a fundraiser event in collaboration with Alexa Albert which would spread knowledge and awareness of this disaster to generate more help from locals, nationals & internationals.
The iLive Volcano Relief Fundraiser & Awareness Event held on Wednesday 18th August saw local artists & musicians give up their time freely to perform to an audience at London’s venue ‘The Night Owl’ and also stream worldwide via iLive UK’s Twitch platform.
Local artist Kule T formerly of 90’s boy band MN8, Reme, Mandee Singer, Dionne Reid, Junior Dangerous, Damel Carayol & Tony Douglas backed by pianist Zoe Alexandria, drummer Colin (Drummix) and guitarist Rick Leon James all came together, delivering spectacular performances. Vibrant & energetic musical interludes was supplied by award winning UK DJ’s Mixmaster Jay, Shaq D & Dukez UK whilst keeping focus on the overall message.
Legendary & global artists Omar Lyefook (MBE) & Leee John of Imagination both contributed to the cause by sending an exclusively recorded video performance in support of the victims of La Soufriere eruption.