Positive ‘Changez’ – Ce’Cile helps build house for needy Clarendon woman | Entertainment
Braving the scorching sun on Tuesday, dancehall artiste Ce’Cile, with paint brush in hand, could not hide the joy she was experiencing as she assisted in building a house for a domestic worker in Portland Cottage, Clarendon.
Ce’Cile was among several members of the DownSound Records (DSR) outfit who joined with Food For the Poor and BOOM Energy Drink to construct the house for Cislyn Williams.
“You know there are some things that I am excited about when people call me to do nice little things where I can give back. I am genuinely excited, that’s why I came here,” said Ce’Cile.
The house which was constructed for Williams was the ninth of 10 built under Food For the Poor’s ‘Tan Ah Yuh Yard’ campaign in commemoration of BOOM’s 10-year anniversary.
Entertainers TC, Pretty, Rebel, Rolexx, D’Yani and Marcy Chin, as well as DownSound CEO Josef Bogdanovich were among the persons providing sweat equity.
With the pandemic adversely affecting a myriad of Jamaicans, Ce’Cile stressed the importance of artistes giving back in one of the most important ways – volunteerism.
“There is message in music and there is a message in you the individual. So, whichever way that an artiste can give back, as you remember that the power is not in the thing that comes with the melody on the radio… power comes from you the artiste. What you say, how you live, example that you set in your everyday life,” the Changez deejay said.
Even with entertainment industry not being spared from the ravages of COVID, Ce’Cile admitted that though her earnings have been significantly affected, she still considers others who have been affected and offers encouragement and assistance where possible.
“Countless people have lost their businesses [and] homes. Their kids can’t go to school [because] it is not everybody that can go online. So, we are aware it’s not just our trials and tribulations. We are here and if you were one of the lucky ones where your business grew in the pandemic let’s give back man,” the artiste, whose given name is Cecile Charlton, said.
Food For The Poor Jamaica’s largest charitable organisation, has set a goal of 38 houses to be built this year. Kivette Silvera, executive director at the organisation, was pleased with the efforts of the DSR team.
BOOM has donated more than $5 million to the ‘Tan Ah Yuh Yard’ campaign.