By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Reporter
SEVERAL Bahamian gospel artists are ushering in the holiday season with the spirit of benevolence.
On December 1, they will join forces to host a charity concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts.
The concert will feature performances by Christian Massive, DJ Councellor, Gospel Boys, Eman, Lyrically Blessed, Mr J and more. It begins at 7pm.
The funds raised from the event will benefit Bahamian Johnathan Rolle, a young man who was injured in a beach accident in July.
As a result, he sustained serious injuries to his neck and lower body. He is presently in the US receiving therapy.
Gesner “Mr J” Dalmond, gospel artist, was approached by Johnathon’s step mother Tessa Dames to assist with the event.
He teamed up with other musicians who were more than willing to lend their hand and demonstrate the biblical teaching of being a brother’s keeper.
Mr J said: “Johnathan’s step mom and Dwight Rolle, the father, decided to do something to lift the burden of Johnathan’s medical expenses. Tessa who is friend of mine and a music fan approached me for assistance with the event. I agreed to help and called on a few of my gospel artist friends who were willing to attend without charge.
“As an artist, coming together in solidarity is in keeping with the Lord’s command to be our brother’s keeper. It is up to us to demonstrate the love of God so that others may take note and follow. Like the saying goes, today for me and tomorrow for you. We do not know what a day holds for any of us. Therefore, we should be willing to assist others, so that when our time of need arrives we will benefit from the good seeds we had sown,” he told Tribune Religion.
Attendees can also expect performances from the Urban Renewal Band of which Johnathon was the concert master. There will also be inspirational and uplifting music from various gospel artists, dance entertainment and more.
“Persons should attend the event because it is an opportunity for individuals to help in raising funds for medical purposes. The funds will assist in purchasing a van to accommodate Johnathan’s wheelchair which he is confined to. Everyone who will be in attendance will also help bring peace, comfort and joy to Johnathan and his family because of the support. Their presence will speak to the care and concern we all have for each other. It will demonstrate that empathy still exists in our society and that we all are interested in the greater good towards our fellow human beings,” Mr J said.