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Giving love at Christmas

Published: 
Monday, November 13, 2017
Allison Mutroo, front centre, and her son Avinash, centre back, surrounded by volunteers and artistes.

One of this country’s citizens most positive qualities is a charitable and giving nature. In the midst of many benefit events and philanthropic gestures for the people of hurricane-devastated Dominica and Barbuda, a family got together with friends recently to host a variety concert for senior citizens at Port-of-Spain City Hall.

The Mutroo family was successful in attracting almost two dozen popular artistes to give of their time and perform for free for the elderly.

The City Hall auditorium was filled for the event and the seniors had a most enjoyable time some of them even left their chairs to dance to the mix of calypso, parang, East Indian and R&B selections.

At the centre of the sixth annual edition of An Evening of Love and Culture...A Charity Treat were community activist Avinash Mutroo and his mother Allison. UWI student Avinash told the T&T Guardian: “This effort caters for the elderly residents from different homes throughout Trinidad. My mother and I began doing this in 2011 with only one home and over the years it has grown and the event caters for several homes nationwide.

“We need to appreciate our elders for they have paved the way for us; they were the policemen and women, teachers and politicians that all contributed in making T&T the country it is today. I also have a passion for seeing a smile on the faces of the elderly.”

Avinash was effusive in expressing his gratitude to the artistes, volunteers and sponsors, as well as Tuco president Lutalo Masimba (Bro Resistance) who supported him and his mother in making the event a success.

Among the performers were Crazy, SuperBlue, Brother Resistance, Black Sage, Impulse, Jason “Fridge” Seecharan, Chris Garcia, Fireball, Tim Starr, Brandon Best, Natraj Dance Group, Reddo & George, Organic Rhythm, Damion Richardson and Bunny Bynoe.

Contestants in the 2017 Miss Teen Awareness Pageant also made an appearance.

Avinash is the brother of 2016 National Calypso Queen and NACC Stars of Tomorrow Monarch Amrika Mutroo, also winner of last year’s calypso monarch crowns in Arima and Tunapuna.