Upon doing a needs assessment in 2009, the Positive Legacy team learned that the South East Saint Ann Constituency in Jamaica had a dream to start a marching band in their community…but they couldn’t afford the instruments. In partnership with Music Matters (www.musicmatters101.com), a music education company based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cloud 9 Adventures donated a full set of instruments needed to realize the dream. Thank you to Music Matters for making this possible!
This year’s Jam Cruise 8 auction raised nearly $17,000! These proceeds will fund our Greening and Positive Legacy activities and programs. A great big thank you to all who donated items and placed bids.
Proceeds from the auction conducted on Jam Cruise 4 in 2006, were donated to our greening partner Rock the Earth. Rock the Earth is a not-for-profit, national public interest environmental organization dedicated to protecting and defending America’s natural resources through partnerships with the music industry and the world-wide environmental community.
To offset carbon emissions from Jam Cruise 4 in 2006 and from passenger travel to and from Fort Lauderdale, Jam Cruise formed a partnership with Trees for the Future to plant trees in the region we traveled through. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is produced from burning fossil fuels; trees absorb CO2 and produce oxygen through photosynthesis. Planting trees is the most cost-effective way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere. Donations from Cloud 9 and Jam Cruise 4 passengers allowed Trees for the Future to plant 52,000 trees in Jamaica and the Yucatan Peninsula! These trees will continue to do their job of reducing CO2 in the global atmosphere for many years to come! We left a positive legacy in the Caribbean by making Jam Cruise 4 “carbon neutral.”
More than 100 passengers and musicians visited the Rural Retreat Community Center in Claremont, Jamaica for a day of celebration on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010. Nearly $25,000 worth of goods were donated including musical instruments to start a marching band, a commercial weed whacker to keep the soccer fields mowed, soccer uniforms and cleats for several teams, school supplies and back packs, laptop computers with wireless cards to start a community computer lab, tables and chairs to outfit the community center, and the list goes on. Our warmest heartfelt thanks to LEBO, who painted an enlivening mural for all to see on the wall of the Center; Toubab Krewe and special guests who played a set and jammed with the locals; Ice Cream Man for trekking into the hills to give away free ice cream to all the children; and last but not least, the Jam Cruise passengers who contributed along with all of the members of the community in Jamaica who made this day so beautiful!
Many families in Jamaica struggle to afford the basic necessities, much less luxuries such as school supplies. Approximately 200 Jam Cruise 8 passengers donated school supplies to the South East Saint Ann Civic Committee in early 2010, for distribution to the children in their district. Thank you for your generosity!
The silent auction at Caribbean Holidaze raised the funds to purchase a professional grade weed whacker, and Jam Cruise delivered the Husqvarna 335FR brush cutter when while visiting the Community Center on January 5, 2010. Now the community can play soccer whenever they want without having to borrow a weed whacker to mow the field.
During Jam Cruise 8 in January 2010, Cloud 9 donated $1,000 to the community center so they could purchase much needed tables and chairs for their community gatherings.
Thank you to the 7 passengers on Jam Cruise 8 in early 2010 who donated their used laptops to the Rural Retreat Community Center in Jamaica. And a special thank you to Matt Whildin for installing them with fresh operating systems and wireless network cards. Rural Retreat is thrilled to now be able to establish a computer learning program for the people in their community!
More than 100 passengers and artists visited the Rural Retreat Community Center in Claremont, Jamaica and presented the donations mentioned above. Our sincere thanks to LEBO who painted a mural on the wall of the Center, Toubab Krewe and special guests who played a set and jammed with the locals, Ice Cream Man for the tasty treats, the Jam Cruise passengers who participated and all the members of the community there in Jamaica who made this day so beautiful!