Montego Bay, Jamaica – June 14, 2017: After a one year hiatus, the Rainforest Seafood Festival returned to the grounds of the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre on Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to the delight of the Montego Bay community. On Wednesday, at a cheque handover ceremony held at the Hospital, Rainforest Seafoods CEO Brian Jardim announced that the 2017 event had raised a record-breaking $10,165,230.
Since its debut in 2013, the Rainforest Seafood Festival has distinguished itself as Western Jamaica’s largest charity event, raising $6 million for Cornwall Regional Hospital’s paediatric ward at its inaugural showing. The food and music festival continued to be a major highlight of Montego Bay’s social calendar while raising $8.25 million and $8.5million in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
Jardim explained that, “As we planned the fourth staging of the Seafood Festival in late 2016, the reports of the Hospital’s challenges with its ventilation system appeared. It motivated us to plan our biggest Festival yet so that we could assist the hospital during a time when it needed it the most and truly live up to the Festival’s motto – “Eat Good, Do Good.”
Corporate Jamaica rallied behind this important cause; the event was sponsored by National Bakery, Bigga, Coca Cola, Wata, JPS, Main Event, The Jamaica Observer, Lasco Money Store, Lasco Food Drink, Ward’s Power Tools, Irie FM, CB Chicken, Appliance Traders Ltd, ATL Automotive, Select Brands, Pure National Ice, John Swaby Entertainment, Iberostar Resort, Secrets Resort, King Alarm, the Urban Development Corporation and the St. James Parish Council.
We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital was launched in 2011 by a group of concerned Montegonians with the aim of bolstering the services and capacity of the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Since then over $23 million has been raised to donate life-saving equipment, diagnostic units and vital sign monitors. As the only facility in western Jamaica that provides specialised care such as blood transfusions for young children and babies, there is still much more to be done for this 40-year-old institution.
Jardim expressed his gratitude to Cornwall Regional Hospital’s doctors, nurses and staff and committed to lend further assistance to Hospital through the continued staging of the Rainforest Seafood Festival.