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Footballer Jermain Defoe joins celeb fundraiser for Dominica

CELEBRITY FUNDRAISER: Footballer Jermain Defoe

FORMER ENGLAND striker Jermain Defoe is amongst the line up of celebrities hoping to drum up additional funds for the Caribbean island of Dominica following the devastation of Tropical Storm Erika last month (Aug 29).

The premiership star, whose father hails from the Caribbean island, will be present at the relief event ‘Doing it for Dominica’ at London’s Jazz Café next month (Oct 11).

In an effort to raise much-needed funds and further awareness to the plight of the Dominican people the ‘Doing It For Dominica’ campaign is a grassroots initiative started by UK music industry insiders, many of who have links to the island.

Musician and actor Bashy, real name Ashley Thomas, will also be in attendance, it has been revealed. The east London performer, who is half Ghanaian and half Dominican, has been particularly vocal on the crisis, describing the island as “close to his heart”.

Within hours of the storm hitting the Caribbean isle, Bashy wrote on Twitter:

“This probably won't get into the news too much because of various political reasons so I gotta do my little bit. The death toll is rising and more people have been reported missing. This is a very sad time for my father country Dominica.”

Superstar DJ, producer and songwriter, Naughty Boy, has also confirmed his attendance.


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Organisers have promised Do It For Dominica attendees “a night of live music, comedy, exclusive DJ sets and some of the UK's biggest names all coming together to raise money for the relief effort”.

All funds raised from the event, which is supported by the Dominica High Commission, will be sent to help with aid and rebuilding of Dominica.

Ticket donations are £20 in advance and available from the Jazz Cafe box office or www.thejazzcafelondon.com

If you would like to donate items at the event, email: ria@thisisavantgarde.com

ITEMS URGENTLY NEEDED

Children's shoes
Children's books
Toiletries
PC’s and laptops in working condition without passwords
Adult nappies/incontinence pads
Womens sanitary items
Garden Tools
Household hardware
Laundry Supplies

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