Virtual Gros Islet Friday Night fundraiser to benefit vendors
Since the cancellation of the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party amid the COVID-19 pandemic, vendors who operate at the weekly event have been left without any form of income to support their families.
A decision was taken by the Gros Islet Vendors Association (GIVA), the managing body of the Gros Islet Friday Night Street Party, on Friday, March 13, 2020, following concerns for the health and safety of its members and patrons over the spread of the deadly virus.
In light of this, Gros Islet hopeful for the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) for the next general election, Kenson Casimir has sought to bring some relief to the vendors who are unable to earn a living as a result.
Casimir has taken the initiative to launch a virtual Gros Islet Friday Night fundraiser for the street vendors whose income depended on this local weekly event, which attracted visitors to the island.
The virtual Friday Night Fundraiser will be held on social media on Friday, May 8, 2020, from 8 pm.
“I grew up in Gros Islet, and I know that these vendors depend on that money from the Gros Islet Friday Night to ensure that they make ends meet,” Casimir said.
He continued, “Many of them believe that they do not make enough to pay NIC contributions and we need to put mechanisms in place to assist them and also educate them on the importance of making those contributions. Right now, many of those vendors have no idea when they will make another dollar and they need to feed their families. This is why I recommend a Virtual Friday Night fundraiser, where persons can come together to assist those families.
Casimir calls on community leaders, persons from the community and the diaspora to participate in this venture, which promises to be fun, whilst contributing to a worthy cause. He encourages persons to invite their friends to this virtual party, to dress up and make online contributions in the form of virtual eats and drinks.
The event will feature local artists, djs and performers who have come together in the spirit of raising funds for the Gros Islet Vendors’ Association who have been heavily affected by the lack of tourism arrivals.
Local artists such as Ezra D’ Fun Machine and Cooyah have already pledged their support to this worthwhile venture.