Members of the Virgin Gorda Methodist Church’s music ministry perform at the Artists Against Addiction concert Sunday afternoon. Photo: CHRYSTALL KANYUCK

Kennie Thomas has been sober for eight years, and he’ll never forget the day he had his last drink.

Since then, he has dedicated his life to telling people about God, he said, adding that he gave up liquor just in time.

“I was really sick,” Mr. Thomas said. “If I hadn’t stopped, I wouldn’t be here today.”

Mr. Thomas gave his testimony at the Catholic Community Centre in Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, during the annual Artists Against Addiction concert.

The event, sponsored by the Sandy Lane Centre, is designed to raise awareness about addiction and offer support to those in recovery, said emcee Tasha Bertie, deputy secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Development.

Some musicians, dancers and poets offered performances with uplifting messages, while other performances sought to educate about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

“If you try me one time, you may never be free,” read Joyce Ephraim in an original poem, during which she spoke from the perspective of a drug.

This was the second Artists Against Addiction concert to be held on VG. Next year, the concert will return to Tortola, organisers said.


See the Feb. 6, 2014 edition for full coverage.