Cancer Fight Brings South African Singer For Jamaican Debut

Lorraine Klaasen - Contributed

Lorraine Klaasen – Contributed

The Women’s Health Network (WHN), a non-profit organisation, is gearing up to host a benefit concert on May 16.

Set to take place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, the concert, titled ‘African Jamaican Connexion’, is expected to provide an excellent all-round entertainment package. In keeping with the theme, the headline act, Lorraine Klaasen, will fly in from South Africa to make her Jamaican debut.

Klaasen, a 2013 Juno award winner, is expected to give a strong performance as it is said that her music possesses the ability to transcend borders and connect people from all over the world.

The concert is expected to start at 7:30 p.m. and cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Reggae’s leading women – Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths – are also billed to perform, as well as Shuga, Nickieshia Barnes, and dancers from the L’Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the Mall Pharmacy, Mall Plaza, and the Gynae Centre on Balmoral Avenue for $3,500. Tickets may also be purchased on the night at $4,000 a pop.


Proceeds from the event will be used to assist with the purchasing of a mammogram machine and an ultrasound unit for the group’s outreach programme.

The hope is that acquiring these machines will help in the faster discovery and diagnosis of cancer. They are hoping to raise $3 million to offset the cost of the equipment.

In March last year, the WHN celebrated its one-year anniversary, and though fairly new, the group has already conducted approximately 800 surgeries to date.

The non-profit organisation comprises a voluntary group of local medical doctors.

Source: Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer (|

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