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Third World headlines Issa Foundation gala in New York for new St Ann clinic

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(Photo: Facebook @IssaTrustFoundation)

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The Issa Trust Foundation is organising a fundraising gala in New York to provide funding for a new clinic it plans to establish in Richmond, St Ann.

The foundation, conceptualised by the Issa family, which is among the pioneers of modern tourism in Jamaica, wants to make a huge difference in the delivery of health care for children in the Ocho Rios area by building this new clinic in Richmond. To make this a reality, the foundation is staging a fundraising gala in New York on Saturday, November 12 at the posh Sony Hall in Manhattan.

The event will feature a live performance by Jamaica’s iconic Third World band, a gourmet dinner and premium cocktails, which will precede the nostalgic journey down memory lane that will see the group performing classics such as Now That We’ve Found Love, Try Jah Love, 96 Degrees in the Shade and Dancing on the Floor.

Members of iconic reggae band, Third World. (Photo: Facebook @thirdworldband)

New York event

It is hoped that the New York City event, which includes a surprise guest performance as well as silent auctions, will generate the funding necessary to build the clinic.

The clinic will provide expertise in areas such as cardiology, nephrology, gastroenterology, oncology and mental health support. Vision screening will be offered along with free glasses if needed.

Artistic rendering of the clinic facility to be built by the Issa Trust Foundation in Richmond, St Ann. (Photo: Facebook @IssaTrustFoundation)

One of the driving forces behind the project is Paul Issa, chairman of the Issa Trust Foundation, which for years has been giving back to communities. Health centres in Jamaica exist to provide primary care, taking the strain off the local public hospitals.

Issa told Carib News, “our facility (new Richmond clinic) will specifically cater to children and young people, offering pediatric health care and adolescent services to the youth of the Ocho Rios general area with a holistic approach that considers not only the physical but the mental and social support for our young people.”

Third World is perhaps reggae’s most enduring and consistently popular crossover band and it has for many years enjoyed a solid and loyal support base in New York City.  There is already growing excitement for the gala from not just Jamaicans within the diaspora in the tri-state region but also from repeat visitors to Couples Resorts, who want to help. 

Main entertainment area of the posh Sony Hall in Manhattan, New York City. Photo taken July 22, 2022. (Photo: Christine Vaindirlis for Facebook @SonyHall)

The extravaganza runs from 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm and the US$350 tickets include drinks, dinner, dancing, entertainment and more.  Reduced weekend New York City hotel rates are also available for out-of-town music fans who are attending the event.

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