One of the coolest parts of Jam Cruise took place during the stops in Grand Cayman and Jamaica when JC8 organizers Cloud 9 Adventures put together events in each port as part of their Positive Legacy program. In Jamaica, more than 100 JC8 passengers and musicians visited Claremont’s Rural Retreat Community Center and enjoyed a day of intercultural sharing and celebration with an enthusiastic turnout of the local community.
[Photo of Lebo painting a mural at the Community Center by Dave Vann]
Among the gifts given to the Community Center by Cloud 9 and partners Music Matters 101 were a full set of instruments, $1,000 for the community center to purchase tables & chairs, $1,500 for local cooks to purchase & prepare a traditional Jamaican meal for the celebration, soccer cleats and uniforms to outfit two local teams & a professional grade weed whacker to keep the soccer field clear. All in all, the Positive Legacy program gave approximately $25,000 worth of equipment, supplies and gear. At the Georgetown, Grand Cayman stop, Positive Legacy hosted a benefit for REEF – Reef Environmental Education Foundation in which a number of Jam Cruise musicians played to help raise funds for this worthy cause.
Cloud 9 has just officially launched Positive Legacy as its non-profit arm. The organization creates meaningful opportunities for musicians and fans to become active participants in reducing the environmental impact of events they participate in and to make positive contributions to the communities they visit. Here’s the group’s Mission Statement…
Fueled by the power of music and a passion for sustainability, Positive Legacy’s goal is to transcend cultural boundaries by learning about the needs and aspirations of the communities they travel to, and inspire music fans and artists to take action. Efforts include donation drives, gifts, financial contributions and events that allow the festival participants, artists and community members to experience their interconnectedness.
We’ll keep you updated on events from this most worthy cause.