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Hundreds Smile for Rasonte

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

Hundreds Smile for Rasonte

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Hundreds of Barbadians came out on Saturday night to support a concert to raise funds to provide 11-year-old Rasonte Parsons with a prosthesis.
Gospel artistes, including Mya Daniel, Alex Blackman and James Leacock, came together to form a choir that was a highlight of the show at New Dimensions Ministries in Barbarees Hill, St Michael.
The production, which had Smile as its theme, consisted of dance, song, narration and mime tracing the life of Rasonte, who was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was just 15 months old. Doctors said then that she was unlikely to live past age seven.
Leacock did the lead in My God Is Awesome that lifted the crowd who stood with their hands raised in worship. He came back on stage later with Carlos Baptiste to sing You Covered Me.
The star of the night, Rasonte, joined the Halal Children on stage as they ministered in dance to the song I’m Walking In Authority.
The aim of the concert was to raise $40 000 to cover the cost of the prosthesis. (RL)