Shaggy, “Mr. Boombastic,” is set for induction into the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) Hall of Fame. He will be honored for his decade of exceptional support of the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. The induction occured during the third staging of the awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on December 8, 2016. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was the guest speaker at the event. In 2016, Shaggy presented a $55 million check to the Bustamante Hospital from proceeds from the “Shaggy and Friends Concert” fundraiser. The concert, which was first given in 2009, has raised over $256 million, which has been used to acquire 450 pieces of medial equipment and to provide treatment to more than 77,000 children every year. According to Saffrey Brown, chair of the CVSS Volunteer Awards and Hall of Fame, the honors reflect the extraordinary contributions made by volunteers who work hard to support their respective organizations and charities. CVSS is particularly pleased to honor Shaggy, who has made such a difference in the lives of Jamaica’s children through his philanthropic work, she noted. Hall of Fame inductees are selected every two years. The winners at the 2016 awards ceremony included Alethia Peart as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year; Neville Charltonas Young Leader; Wisynco Group as Private Sector Volunteer of the Year; Nadine Grant-Brown as Public Sector Volunteer of the Year; Digicel Foundation as Non-Profit Organization and Jamaica 4-H Clubs as CVSS Member Agency of the Year.
Here is an excerpt from Shaggy’s Biography on is Non-Profit work.
Undaunted by the success of his business ventures and his music, Shaggy has always lived on the premise that “to whom much is giving, much is required.”
Shaggy sought other avenues to raise funds. For example, he co-wrote a book and CD set entitled “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band.” Sales from the book and CD set benefits the Bustamante