Watch: Soca stars support Kerra Loves Kids for Christmas
Artist and event manager Kerra Denel has turned her love for kids into a non-profit organisation committed to fostering their empowerment and growth.
Denel, who works as a PR specialist for many soca stars, is the founder of Kerra Loves Kids and hosted her second annual Christmas Children's charity event just before the holidays at the Angel Michael Healing Orphanage in Enterprise, Chaguanas.
Stating that she wanted to have a day out to spread some holiday cheer to the kids, the event had a multitude of events including bouncy castles, arts and crafts, games and, of course, Santa and Christmas presents.
The event saw massive support from her friends in the soca industry, with artists such as Voice, Skinny Fabulous, Nadia Batson, Ricardo Drue, Marvay, King Bubba, Farmer Nappy, Ricky T, One Voice, Sekon Sta, Dynamite, Lyrikal and Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire who all sponsored a child.
DJs Majestic, Stephen, Flexx, Stryker Regal, Redymix, Riggo Suave, D Life, Young Chow, Willy Chin, Esan, Jus Jay, Back2Basics as well as Caribbean brands Team Soca, 365 Carnival, Isle Vibes, Carnival Luxe, Nekes Events, Wassi Ones, Riddim Stream, Fete Fit, Vincy Mas, Top Notch Inc, Soiree Events, Bermuda Heroes Weekend, Uber Soca Cruise, Shorblu, Oxygen Mas, Trini Jungle Juice, OC Events, and Island 360 also gave support.
Stating that she’s worked with other orphanages in the past, she wanted to do some work with some of the smaller organisations that don’t receive as much funding or support. “I wanted to branch out and work with a smaller organisation that didn’t really have that have that type of support where people are regularly doing stuff for the kids,” she said.
Someone recommended the orphanage in Enterprise to her two years ago and when she noted that little activity took place for the children, she thought that the holiday season would be a great opportunity to do something with the children.
Inspired by her grandmother's selfless ways, Denel said that Kerra Loves Kids was founded as a result of a dual passion for children and a desire to do more with her life.
“When she passed, I started reevaluating my life and started asking myself: ‘What am I really doing with my life, what am I doing to leave a mark and help make a difference in the world? I've always loved kids, they’re so pure and untainted and just have nothing but love to give.”
The NGO has executed many successful book and clothing/food drives within the USA and Canada, and has also done charity initiatives in Trinidad and Tobago, giving back to less fortunate children; from renewing libraries, providing donations of clothing, shoes, educational supplies, food items, donating electronics, hosting mentorship sessions, to reading clubs and sports days. Her team has previously done work with Operation Smile, Christ Child Convalescent Home, St. Mary’s Home, Angel Micheal Healing Tabernacle and Wesleyann Home.
The organisation also completed a Hurricane Relief Effort for St. Maarten last year. She hopes to continue doing more work across the Caribbean, with her eyes set on Jamaica and St Vincent.
Visit Kerra Loves Kids online and find out how you can give back and support the movement.