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Five-figure donation presented to ‘Shine’

Humbled by the outpouring of support prompted by an instant radio ‘Give-a-thon', Wendell ‘Shine' Hayward is today grateful for the five-figure donation to help offset $61,312 in rental arrears for his club in Hamilton.

But at the end of the day on Friday, Shine's House of Music will close for business as of 5pm on Friday following a Supreme Court Order to pay the outstanding debt.

Mr Hayward was presented with a cheque made out to his landlord Rego Realtors for $13,407.57 yesterday by talk-show host Sherri Simmons and colleagues at Magic 102.7FM.

The donation represents only a portion of what was raised and more will be presented later this week.

Overwhelmed by the supportive gesture Mr Hayward said he was honoured to be the “vehicle that's bringing people together”.

“Some would say it's all about Shine Hayward but for me I think it's even bigger than that. It's a grass-roots effort.

“It's about us, it's about all of us; it's been a variety of people from different walks of life coming together in a proactive effort.”

But ultimately he said it's the end of the road for the House of Music tomorrow.

“At this stage, being real, whether or not all of what is needed to be in place will be in place after Friday, I cannot continue running the club as I have been running the club.

“This cheque will definitely help and hopefully Rego Realtors will be pleased that a portion of the debt has been met,” he said.

“But there's still the big picture that needs to be met now and how we go about that.

“This might be it for Shine's House of Music for now, especially if I have to continue the way that I have been going.

“It's something that I refuse to do the way I have been any longer, having learned what I have learned — knowing now what I know now. And we did a hell of a lot in a short period of time.”

Asked what's next he replied: “Get my life together. I would like to increase my student base at my School of Music; that's where I'm teaching now.

“I would like to continue contributing to the youth in a much bigger way than what I have since the opening of the club in 2010. And I'd just like to get back on my horn — I still feel that I have a little something left. And I'm definitely all the wiser from this experience.”

The radio host who piloted support drive live said: “It's really gratifying to be able to help a fellow Bermudian.

“Really this is what it's all about. It transcends ‘Shine', it's the spirit of Bermudian people,” said Ms Simmons.

As for the dissenting bloggers she asked: “When is it ever wrong to help someone who is in a tight spot?

“I don't understand people who even think that way. When is it ever wrong to help your fellow Bermudian?

“Have we gotten to the point in this country that if someone is not considered perfect, then we should not step up if we're in a position to do so?

“I would hope that those dissenters are, and clearly by the limited number of statements of that nature, they are the few and far between. Thank God!”

Despite closing off cash donations at 12.30pm yesterday she said “people ignored it and were still coming through”.

“I feel very good about the support. I've just tallied up $1,250 that I will take to the bank and get another manager's cheque in order to get that to Rego Realtors as well.”

Magic 102.7 FM radio staff presented a cheque for $13,407.57 to Wendell ‘Shine” ‘Hayward collected during a marathon ‘give-a-thon' to offset rental arrears for Shine's House of Music on Reid Street. Pictured (from left) are Sherri Simmons, Carol Smith, Shine Hayward, Dexter Flood, Gwen Blakeney, Glenn Blakeney, Nikita Robinson and DJ Bitty. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published October 16, 2013 at 4:52 pm (Updated October 17, 2013 at 12:54 am)

Five-figure donation presented to ‘Shine’

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