Internationally-acclaimed Cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, hosted his annual DJ Bravo47 All-White Charity Event earlier this month at the world-famous Zen Nightclub in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
The world-class sportsman and music entertainer, who currently plays with the Quetta Gladiators and Trinbago Knight Riders, celebrated the fifth year anniversary of his philanthropic affair with a host of celebrities from the sporting and entertainment industries. This year, all proceeds from the all-inclusive fete were donated to the Couva Children’s Home and Crisis Nursery.
Notable public figures in attendance at the glamorous affair included famed cricketer and global heartthrob Ali Khan, superstar sportsman Kieron Pollard, former Trinidad and Tobago National Football Captain Kenwyne Jones, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Shamfa Cudjoe, and Commissioner of Police, Gary Griffith.
The event also featured performances from some of Trinidad’s top Soca entertainers, including Orlando Octave, Sekon Sta, Nessa Preppy and Turner. Much to the delight of hundreds of attendees, there was also a surprise appearance from dancehall legend Beenie Man, who travelled from Jamaica to the twin-island Republic to grace the stage to perform a variety of his chart-topping hits for the special occasion.
Speaking exclusively to BUZZ after the event, Bravo expressed his gratitude to the overwhelming displays of support from the general public who has contributed to the success of the event over the years. “When I first started ‘47’, it was because I knew that I wanted to use my international platform to help others. Coming from such a close-knit community as Santa Cruz, I feel like it’s my duty to bring communities together through sport, and it feels good to have a team and fans who support that progress in such a big way.”
He said that the 5th edition of the charity event has exceeded all expectations by far. “The success of the event was indeed a result of the hard work, commitment and passion to want to help those in need by all members of the Dwayne Bravo Foundation. Our end goal has always been to give back and we couldn’t do it without corporate Trinidad. Special mention to our title sponsors, NLCB and the Suntory as we all of our other generous sponsors. We look forward to continued support next year from everyone – especially the public to whom I am forever grateful.”
“I knew that I wanted to use my international platform to help others.”— Dwayne Bravo
From 2015 to present, Bravo has provided books, stationery and all necessary items for approximately 200 children from homes throughout the country. Additional assistance was given for the children of the St. Dominic’s Home and Margaret Kistow Children’s Home in Arima, providing them with the necessary items to return to school.
“The success of the event was indeed a result of the hard work, commitment and passion to want to help those in need by all members of the Dwayne Bravo Foundation”— Dwayne Bravo
The “Champion” singer and songwriter also provided bursaries for students attending the National Centre for persons with Disabilities. He also provided funding and training of Trinidad & Tobago Blind and visually Impaired Cricket Team, who subsequently walked away with the Regional T20 and 40 over championship trophies.
With the assistance of the Dwayne Bravo Foundation and Suntory, renovations will begin Couva Children’s Home and Crisis Nursery in the very near future.
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