Gregory Michael is our guest discussing copying with the global ramifications of Covid-19 from a small Carribean island through music.
Greg was born in Europe and lived and traveled back and forth between the USA, Europe, Africa, and Scandinavia. At the age of 15, the family moved back to the U.S. and during high school, he became involved in musical theater, and after graduation traveled around New England with several musical theater groups, performing at various venues, theaters, and restaurants. At one point he was even a singing waiter. Greg is currently living on a small island in the Caribbean, 'Caye Caulker', and is working as a professional musician.
With the COVID lockdowns, shutting of airports, restaurants, clubs, bars, etc., many of the families on the island are struggling. Massive joblessness has led to difficulties for people here to survive. In addition, nearly all of the food must be brought from the mainland, so it is not inexpensive even to eat. 90% of all the employment on the island is somehow related to tourism.
There is still a small remaining group of "Ex-Pats", made up of Americans, Canadians, and Europeans who have stayed on the island during this crisis, and a group of them, some of whom own restaurants here, have gotten together and created the Caye Caulker Soup Kitchen. Utilizing social media and a GoFundMe program, they have managed to raise nearly $US 80,000 over the course of the past 6 months, to feed people in need on the island. At this point, they are feeding some 500 people nearly every day, and still need a continuous flow of donations to continue the program. Greg's wife, Liberty, wrote the GoFundMe drive, and is in charge of all of the financing, expenditures, and paperwork associated with the project, as well as being on Steering Committee.
Greg talks performing a live online streaming music concert series, featuring him and other local artists, as well as artists all over the United States, coast to coast. During our 3 hour weekly concerts, they have been able to help raise some additional $US 7,000 in donations to the Soup Kitchen. That translates into about 6,500 meals.
We must push forward and help those who are struggling, all the while spreading the message of hope, love, freedom, human rights, and compassion.
Greg is going to talk about this and perform a few songs.
This is an open discussion not a therapy session.
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