Radio hosts become jail birds
Two of Bermuda’s broadcast stars will be incarcerated at a jail cell in Fort Hamilton today as a forerunner to this year’s Celebrity Lock-Up fundraiser.
Patrina O’Connor, better known as Power Girl from Power 95, and Mr Magic from Irie FM98.3 will find themselves behind bars at a press conference promoting the annual event.
It’s hoped this will encourage more celebrities to come forward to take part in March’s Lock-Up, when they will be arrested, taken to jail and grilled in a mock courtroom about their knowledge of the impact of drug use on the community in March.
Each will be released only after raising bail money, with the proceeds going toward Pride: Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education.
Jenn Osmond of Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society, which is supporting the Lock-Up, said in a statement: “We saw the Celebrity Lock-Up as a wonderful opportunity to assist Pride while adding a little bit of BMDS drama.
“The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society is a not-for-profit organisation, and we rely on volunteers to achieve our own goals, so we aren’t often able to provide resources to partner with other organisations or events.
“We keep our members and volunteers very busy producing several stage productions every year along with the day to day running of our society, but couldn’t resist the change to help Pride.”
Pride executive director Judith Burgess said: “The three previous events were such an incredible success, we had to do it again.
“The Celebrity Lock-Up is a fun and yet educational way to raise funds for Pride, while also involving local celebrities and the community in the awareness-raising process.
“Our goal as an organisation is to enable adults and youth to learn and share solutions to promote drug prevention so that we can make our community safer, healthier, and more productive.
“We are asking for local celebrities to volunteer for this event, and we encourage members of the public to come out and participate as well, whether by posting bail for a friend or colleague, observing the celebrities in ‘jail’, or by watching the public ‘trial’.
“As evidenced by E. Michael Jones’ attempted jail break last year, it promises to be an interesting and surprising event. BMDS is sure to surprise the audience, the judge and the other celebrities with their hair-raising antics in the courtroom.”
Last year’s Celebrity Lock-Up event raised $75,000 for Pride. To volunteer to take part, or for more information, call 295-9970 or e-mail info[AT]pride.prevention.bm.