Moved by the recent tragedy in neighbouring Haiti, TurnKey Productions, producers of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, have introduced a food relief programme to assist the victims of the earthquake.
“We are very emotionally close to the devastation in Haiti, our trusted Haitian born friend and colleague, Roxanne Hurley is currently on the island,” explained TurnKey Executive Producer Walter Elmore. Elmore went on to explain that his team has not been able to reach Hurley and is growing concerned.
Working with local agencies, TurnKey will collect and package non-perishable food items from patrons attending the annual festival for delivery to the impoverished nation. Patrons may also leave donations at select ticket outlets to be announced later today (Wednesday, January 13, 2010).
“The precise details of our drive are still being developed,” says Elmore. “We have just initiated dialogue with local authorities, who, like the rest of the world are experiencing challenges in communicating with Haitian officials.” Elmore committed to providing more details on the relief efforts in the coming hours. Information will be made available at the Official Jazz & Blues site.