Musicians from Zion Sounds brought the Music under the Moon festivities to a close on Saturday at the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens after an evening of fun and fundraising for the BVI Diabetes Association. (Photo: DANA KAMPA)

A full moon peered out between the clouds over Road Town on Saturday night, and visitors to the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens were carried away by a mingling of music beneath its pale blue light.

The BVI Diabetes Association launched its first ever Music under the Moon fundraiser, which it hopes to make an annual festivity.

Performers included Zion Sounds, DJ Push Pop, Elton Callwood, the Foggy Mountain Boys, Ronn Grant, saxophonist Drexel Glasgow, and dancers from Nouveau Royale.

“We do have lots of wonderful talent tonight,” said BVI Diabetes Association member Ruth Solas, who was enjoying Mr. Callwood’s vocals at the moment. She noted that all the performers that night donated their time to help support the association.

Ms. Solas said the goal for the fundraiser was to “continue educating the public to become more aware of what this sickness is all about.”

“And how to lead a healthy life,” added new member Xandra Adamson, who said exercise and a balanced diet are key preventative measures.

The group raised more than $3,000 but fell short of its goal. Organisers, however, said the donations will allow them to continue their awareness, medical and educational efforts within the community.

Other annual BVI Diabetes Association fundraisers include the Spring Tea Party and annual Dinner Gala in the winter.

“This was our first Music under the Moon, and we hope to make it an annual staple in our calendar,” Ms. Solas said.

Community members can also participate in the upcoming Diabetes Awareness Programme, which began this week and takes place at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Reservations made at least a day in advance are appreciated.

For more information, call 494-4125 or visit the Dr. Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Centre at 54 Main Street in Road Town.


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