Help a ‘Brudda’

Entertainers aid Williams with raising funds for colon cancer surgery

The entertainment fraternity is rallying around a Brudda who is facing critical health challenges and needs approximately $200,000 to pay for surgery and aftercare.

Veteran entertainer Antoine Brudda Daddy Williams was recently diagnosed with stage four colon cancer – which has spread to his liver – and is due to undergo surgery on Monday, May 1.

However, although he has health insurance, the cost is prohibitive and the insurance company will not cover the full cost.

Therefore, several artistes and performers, including Sade Leon Slinger-Folkes, calypso tent manager Eleanor Rice, radio personality Anthony Admiral Nelson and calypsonian Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire, have launched an initiative with the support of the City of Bridgetown (COB) Credit Union to raise funds to help their colleague.

From left, Stedson ‘Red Plastic Bag’ Wiltshire, Eleanor Rice, Admiral Nelson, Sade Leon Slinger-Folkes and Winston Alleyne during this morning’s press conference at which a special appeal was made on behalf of entertainer Antoine Brudda Daddy Williams

Slinger-Folkes Wednesday told a news conference at the COB the WIFI – What If It Were You – initiative, meant to assist all entertainers in need, was due to be launched at a later date.

However, given the urgency of Williams’ situation, the group was moved to act immediately.

“Antoine is currently facing a lot. He has been a member of the cancer support services for over ten years and you can always hear him on air encouraging people to come get tested . . . not knowing he would be in the position he is in today.

“It was extremely regretful and disappointing when he went to Miami to have further tests that the invitation was extended that they could do the surgery, and they couldn’t do it because he didn’t have the finances, so he had to return home. He has insurance but it’s inadequate. WIFI has been established to assist him in securing the necessary finances. We are unsure of how long he will be out of work since his recovery time is expected to be for a little while,” she explained.

Antoine Brudda Daddy Williams

The first fundraiser will come off this Saturday, April 29 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, where the Laff It Off cast and crew will put on a special show for him. There will also be special performances by Red Plastic Bag, Mighty Gabby and Terry Mexican Arthur, and all proceeds will go towards Williams’ health care.

Upon hearing of Williams’ plight, COB, of which he is a member, immediately came on board and has set up an account, according to Marketing Manager Winston Alleyne, who said the credit union had already made a significant donation. Barbadians at home and abroad can donate to the account number 928078.

Speaking at the press conference, Alleyne was overcome with emotion as he appealed to Barbadians to assist Williams in his time of need.

“We at COB, we are a family. When one member hurts, everyone hurts. I’m appealing to all Barbados to rally behind Antoine at this time, as we in the COB family would be there for him. We are asking all of you to do the same. This is what we as a family would do. So we are asking you to support him in all ventures so he can realize the money to pay for the surgery,” Alleyne said as tears ran down his cheeks. 

Red Plastic Bag also joined in calling on all Barbadians to lend their support.

“I want to ask the people of Barbados to support Antoine. There is only one word to describe Antoine. He is a good man and I am asking for your support. As a man who grew up in the church, I’m saying to you the greatest thing we can send up is our prayers, so the blessings can come down from heaven,” he said.

Williams stopped by briefly to thank everyone for their support, before heading off to a doctor’s appointment.

Even then, he did not miss the opportunity to remind Barbadians of the importance of being tested, and of early detection.

“ . . . Barbadians need to be aware of the impact that colon cancer is placing on our lives and the necessity to have early detection. After my surgery and I’m better in that regard . . . we will be launching a campaign that will aggressively speak about this and about early detection. A lot of us in our age ranges are not mindful of it and when it does happen it’s always too late,” he stressed.

davandrababb@barbadostoday.bb

4 Responses to Help a ‘Brudda’

  1. Kammie Holder April 27, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I am on board.

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  2. Peter April 27, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Mr. Williams is a fine gentleman with an outstanding operatic voice if you have ever heard him sing. I know him well, having served in the same fraternity with him among other social and casual “liming” I am positive that besides donations, a financial loan of sorts can be obtained to help cover the cost of his treatment. Come on Banks, Insurance companies, businesses, everyone. Raise your hands and come to this worthwhile cause. Thanks in anticipation of your kindness and brotherly love.

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  3. Dwayne Greaves April 27, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Is there a crowd funding link online that anyone can use to support this cause?

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  4. allison archer April 27, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    but why advocate for such and do not adhere to these practices, it baffles me
    I’m sorry where you are now, through out it all seek for the way to the Creator which is through God the Son Jesus John 14:6
    He’s the only One who can make you whole

    be bless Mr. Williams in Christ love

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