Students shine in third annual All for Haiti benefit Reply

AllforHaiti3Students perform during the All for Haiti benefit show. The show was free, but donations were
accepted to help relief efforts in Haiti through Partners in Health. The performers expressed
themselves through singing, rapping, reciting poetry, and dancing.
Photo by Kristina Kauffman

Kayli Hertel – 1851 Staff

Three years ago, an earthquake shook the country of Haiti, devastating and destroying the lives of those who lived there. Today, hundreds of thousands are still without homes and in need of help. The All for Haiti Benefit Showcase, held on Thursday, February 28 in Yamawaki, was a student-run performance which raised funds for Haiti.“All for Haiti is about Lasell College and its surrounding communities coming together to rebuild Port-au-Prince through Partners in
Health, a non-profit organization,” said Moise Michel, the host of the showcase. It was through the talents of the students and local artists that funds were raised.

The performers expressed themselves through song, rap, poetry and dance. Xiomara Manning rapped alongside of Michel after being
asked to perform. “I am always extremely nervous days and hours before I am supposed to perform. But once I get on stage, nothing else matters but me and my lyrics,” said Manning.

But for some performers, getting in front of a group and signing wasn’t just about nerves. It was personal. Sheldine Jean–Baptiste not only co-hosted the event, but also aided in the planning process and performed. For Jean–Baptiste her performance itself was unique.

“I sang ‘Price Tag’ by Jessie J because of her lyrics, as they suggest, it’s not about the money. No amount of money in the world can ever replace my childhood best friend Valery, who died in the earthquake,’” said Jean–Baptiste.

Many passed away in the earthquake, but there are many who are still hurting in its aftermath. Jean–Baptiste acknowledges this and has a distinctive connection to those hurting; her mom is among them. Her mom, like many in Haiti, is still trying to rebuild her home and her life after the devastation. “However, the sad thing is that although money can’t replace the people and valuable things that
perished in the earthquake, it is the only thing that can help Haiti up off the ground,” said Jean–Baptiste.

While many cannot relate as closely as Jean–Baptiste does, tragedy is something everyonehas faced. Maliqe Scott, a contender on NBC’s The Voice, has known his own trials. “Seeing him perform was a moving experience because I got to see him do what saved him from a life of tragedy and I can relate,” said Michel of Scott’s performance.

The audience was filled with students who truly supported the event, the performers and the cause. “Their presence demonstrated that they really cared and are supportive in helping rebuild Haiti, even three years later,” said Jean–Baptiste.

For those who would like to know more or donate, contact Moise Michel at mmichel@lasell.edu or Sheldine Jean-Baptiste at shjeanbaptiste@lasell.edu for more information. All for Haiti is always accepting donations in order to help those in need.

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