The 36th staging of the Digicel Bob Marley One Love Masters and Celebrities charity football matches are set for the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on March 1, starting at 3:00 pm.
The popular Ash Wednesday football extravaganza organised by Clive “Busy” Campbell, will see proceeds going to the Boys’ Town Basic School in Trench Town and the Albert Town Basic School in Franklyn Town.
Lord Creator, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but made Jamaica his home from the 1960s, along with the legendary Peter Tosh, Horace Andy and George Nooks, will be this year’s honorees.
Campbell thanked sponsors for coming on board during the launch at the Cuddy’z Sports Bar as he celebrated the 36th year since the death of the Reggae icon and one of Jamaica’s most famous sons, Robert Nesta Marley.
“As I say every year his life though cut short, was a well-lived one. He lives still,” said Campbell.“Over the past few months we have been hearing stories of our young people involved in domestic violence, some are missing, some are thought to be kidnapped, stories just keep on getting more sordid every day,” Campbell noted.
“Unless we spend time with our youngsters we are heading down a very dark tunnel,” he added.
Marie Bruce, general manager of the Bob Marley Foundation, said the relationship between her organisation and this charity event is special.
“Busy’s organisation is a symbol of one of the key persons that is a part of our village (people who help keep Bob Marley’s legacy alive). Thirty-six years of commitment to highlight friendship, community and sport, and Bob would just want to reach out, embrace him and just hug him,” said Bruce.
Two trophies are up for grabs and four teams will be in action in the Entertainers Invitational, Masters and Celebrities, Tuff Gong Invitational and Referees.
A host of entertainers, including Sizzla, I-Octane, and Aidonia, are to once again be on show. Female player Alicia James and former local stars Kevin Wilson and Byron Earle, along with top attorney Ian Wilkinson are also slated to be in action.
Reggae group No-Maddz, represented by Sheldon Shepherd and Everaldo Creary, were at the launch and they will be in action for the Entertainers.
“It’s a pleasure being a part of the process. “I remember I used to watch it on television years ago with Brian Lara or Courtney Walsh and said I want to be a part of that one day,” Creary revealed.
“Busy never leave we out and it’s a level of respect and we respect the work that him doing,” said Shepherd.
Admission is $500 for adults, $100 for children and free for kids under 12 years old.