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Feb 3, 2017

“Dara” Feeds the Children and Annual Tribute to Bob Marley

This weekend sees the fifteenth annual tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley, born February sixth, 1945, in Jamaica. Joel “Dara” Robinson combines this celebration of his personal icon with his continued philanthropy established in the well-known Dara’s Feeding Program based at his Dunn Street home. Forty children enjoy nutritious lunches and in some cases get other kinds of help as well. Dara visited News Five to talk about the concert being held at Pickwick Club this Sunday.


Joel “Dara” Robinson, Director, Dara’s Feeding Program

“The event is from four until; the reason we are starting early is that people who come and are not coming to the concert can come and drop off their food stuff. It will be a festive reggae session; clean family fun and thing, you understand. It’s how I use every six months to raise funds and thing.  We have wi line up a DJ’s, I myself wah di show Bob Marley live on the big screen; but dah wah real family event; dah wah clean music, clean fun fi wah good cause.”


Joel “Dara” Robinson


“Now in terms of the program itself, any urgent needs apart from food and other stuff that you want to address?”


Joel “Dara” Robinson

“Always the need, when you di run any charity, dah finance. And then there is always something to improve in the program; because things start to destroy after a while. So there is always a need to do something; it’s not just about the food, there is bills going up, there is other expense that the program comes along with, so there is always things to advance when you do that kind of work. Those kids don’t just come in needing food, they come with lots of other little problems and sometimes you just have to deal with it. Any support we get, we normally appreciate; small or big.”


A similar tribute to Lucky Dube and Ride for Hunger are held in August. Dara estimates that after expenses he clears approximately four thousand dollars from the gate and about the same in donated food stuffs, all of which are used in the program. Entrance fee is ten dollars.

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