Rita Marley Foundation holds back to school fair

Highlights from the Rita Marley Foundation back-to-school fair held in the community of Standpipe on August 8.

Highlights from the Rita Marley Foundation back-to-school fair held in the community of Standpipe on August 8.

by Jodee Brown

On Friday August 8, the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) held a Back to School Fair for the children of the Standpipe Community in Kingston.

Almost 100 children from the community converged at the Standpipe Basketball Court for an afternoon of fun. The Foundation gifted everything at the fair to the kids for free. They enjoyed treats, music, rides and games.

Stephanie Marley (RMF Director) and Rosemary Duncan (RMF Manager) presented each child with Back to School supplies; including books, bags, pencil cases and other stationary. The Standpipe Community Councilor, Mr. Little, presented gift vouchers to the kids.

Parents and guardians expressed much gratitude to the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) for its generosity.

This initiative comes nearly a month after the winner of another student-friendly initiative, the inaugural Rita Marley Foundation Essay Competition was announced. Omar Ford, a 16-year-old student out of Papine High School, was named the winner of the competition, aimed at educating youth through writing and music. His essay was selected by an esteemed panel of judges: Dr. Kadamawe Knife, a lecturer at University of the West-Indies (UWI), Dr. Donna Hope, the director of the Institute of Caribbean Studies at UWI, Dr. Raymond Hitchins, an ethnomusicologist at the university as well as Dr. Leachim Semaj, with Rita Marley OD being the chief judge.

His essay was published in the newest edition of Harambe, the official Rita Marley Foundation newsletter.

Bob Marley statue vandalized following World cup qualifier in Jamaica

bob marley statueby Jodee Brown

The famous bronze statue dedicated to Reggae legend,Bob Marley, which was been defaced following a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kingston between Jamaica and Costa Rica has now been cleaned, according to reports Friday.

Red paint was discovered all over Marley’s statue by security personnel the morning following Tuesday night’s soccer match at the National Stadium following Jamaica’s 1-1 draw vs. ‘Los Ticos.’ The Alvin Marriott-created statue, which lies inside Celebrity Park at the stadium, had paint from hands to feet, as well as the trademark guitar Marley held during many of his live performances.

Stephanie Marley, the managing director of the Bob Marley Museum described the incident as sad upon hearing of the news and conceded that it could be hard to clean the paint off the statue.

However, on Thursday, Marley’s statue had been cleaned by members of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. No one has been arrested for the incident.

The statue is one of many landmarks in Jamaica dedicated to Marley for his worldly contributions to Reggae music, with the aforementioned museum, located in Liguanea, and the Bob Marley Beach in St. Thomas, showcasing memorabilia and other features remembering the iconic singer.

Despite a stoppage time equalizer by Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson Tuesday night’s result confirmed Costa Rica as a participant in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil while it left the Reggae Boyz with just 4 points from 8 qualifying matches. Jamaica’s qualifying hopes in tatters as they are five points out of an intercontinental spot with two matches to play in the final round.