Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Drive a successful staple for Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Kabaka Pyramid was pleased to present the proceeds of
the 2017
 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise Book Drive
to the Jamaica Library Service in Ocho Rios
where he was 
greeted by students of the
Millford Basic and Ocho Rios Primary and Infant and St. Johns Preparatory Schools. 

The Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, spearheaded by Damian “JR Gong” Marley, has grown to live up to his “youngest veteran” legacy and with the growth of the cruise, has come the growth of his philanthropy though the annual book drive donation of hundreds of books each year.  

The fourth year of the venture, Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise this year donated stack of approximately 700 books to the Jamaica Library Service, for the third year in a row.
In addition to showcasing Jamaican entertainment and culture, the cruise has continuously had a positive impact on the country’s tourism by creating this innovative attraction for tourists across the world, to experience and give back to our people, culture and entertainment and educational system in an unorthodox, yet enjoyable way.  

Cruisers were asked to take along with them books for donation on the weeklong cruise which began on Monday, November 13 when it left Fort Lauderdale and headed to Ocho Rios, Jamaica where the books were donated to the Ocho Rios branch of the Jamaica Library Service.

Pleased to make the presentation was Reggae Artiste Kabaka Pyramid who was delighted to be greeted by students of the Millford Basic and Ocho Rios Primary and Infant and St. Johns Preparatory Schools.

Jamaica Library Service region three Director for Ms. Merlene Walker was, as per usual elated to receive the donations.  “The Jamaica Library Service thanks the organisers of the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise for the generous donations of children's books to the Ocho Rios Branch Library. The JLS welcomes donation of this nature as there is always a need, and donations like this assists us in fulfilling our mission of enabling national development through the development of a knowledge-based society of culturally aware lifelong learners through the provision of universal access to information,” shared Walker.

From the Ocho Rios Dock, the Royal Caribbean International Independence of the Seas ship left for Montego Bay where it departed on Thursday, November 16. The five day, five night cruise returned to Fort Lauderdale on Saturday, November 18.
Led by Damian Marley the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise this year featured performances from some of Reggae and Dancehall’s finest to include Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Luciano, Big Youth, Freddie McGregor, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Bounty Killer, Tarrus Riley, Cocoa Tea, Busy Signal, Popcaan, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Stone Love, King Jammy, and many, many more. The 2018 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise will take place on Saturday, December 1 through to Thursday, December 6, and will next year make its second stop in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Enjoy a video recap of Night Three on the 2017 Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise:

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