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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 13:04

Shaggy clears the air about $100 million

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Dancehall superstar Shaggy cleared the air regarding the J$100 million raised by the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation that had not been turned over to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.


"Mi never touch the money, we never move wid di money, we never carry it nowhere. The money has been there the whole time," Shaggy told a gaggle of reporters during the press conference held on Monday.


The money was raised to purchase five additional beds for the Bustamante Children's Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), and despite handing over a symbolic cheque for the funds, the hospital stated that two years later, they are yet to see a dime. In a press briefing held yesterday, Shaggy reassured persons that the money was not misappropriated but would instead be going towards expanding the ICU and the purchase of 150 beds.


To accomplish this, in addition to the $100 million already pledged, Shaggy has also pledged his salary from ABC/Disney's The Little Mermaid Live special, which aired recently. There will also be an additional $150 million, pledged by WIHCON. "The hospital continues to collaborate with partners including the Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, WIHCON, and the National Health Fund. I think we have enough money now with [Shaggy's money] coming in - that we can probably accomplish a three-storey ward that can have the capacity of about 150 additional beds," Kenny Benjamin, chairman of the Bustamante Children's Hospital said during the briefing.