Soca+ Promoters Host Charity Football Match Ahead of Festival
Ahead of their highly anticipated 'I Love Soca Cooler festival', the event's promoters will be hosting a Charity Football Match with all proceeds being donated to the University of the WI Hospital
I Love Soca Cooler festival official flyer
Ahead of their highly anticipated 'I Love Soca Cooler festival', the event's directors and promoters of Soca+ Festival will be hosting a six-a-side Charity Football Match on Monday, September 25, 2023, at Sabina Park with all proceeds being donated to the University of the West Indies Hospital Renal Unit.
‘As individuals we have always done philanthropic efforts but this year in celebration of 12 years of ;I Love Soca Cooler Festival; and our second staging of Soca+ as a 12-hour music festival; we’ve decided to show our gratitude through an organized charity engagement with ALL proceeds being donated to the University of the West Indies Hospital Renal Unit,” said Andrew Bellamy, Managing Director of I Love Soca Cooler Festival.
Powered by Campari; teams have been invited to participate with an entry fee of J$20,000. All spectators are free to enter the Charity Football Match. with 10 registered teams that will be playing to win a Soca+ Cabana with 12 complimentary tickets, a premium bottle and a 750ml bottle of Campari.
A study by the UWI/CAIHR (2016-17) revealed that there are more than 2,700 chronic kidney cases in Jamaica with over 800 receiving dialysis. In 2018, a World Health Organization (WHO) study stated that kidney disease deaths in Jamaica reached 686 or 3.77% of total deaths.
"We want to thank all the teams that have come forward to participate for this cause not just for competitive bragging rights and a chance to have an elevated experience at Soca+ but most importantly to contribute to the assistance we will be giving to the Renal Unit at the University Hospital because the truth is; we never know when our family, friends or any one of us will need to use the services of these places and we want to ensure that whomever uses it gets the best care with the best resources," said Bellamy.
Aidonia, Skinny Fabulous, Some of the headliners of the 12-hour festival (Photo: Jamar Cleary)
The second staging of the Soca+ Festival commences at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30 until 10:00 a.m. on October 1 at Sabina Park. The 12-hour star-studded festival features performances by Destra, Skinny Fabulous, Aidonia, and fast-rising dancehall artiste, Najeeriii who will make his debut at the staging event.
In addition, popular selectors such as Cyclone from Coopershot, Bloodline Franco & Brush 1, and Fyahman alongside Kryptic and more will give their enthusiastic sets between the artistes performances.
Patrons are able to bring coolers from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Post-performances, the event will have a 'cool down' element with a water zone activated and complimentary breakfast being available at 7:00 a.m.