Celebrities to perform dares for charity
Do you want to see your favourite local celebrities eat cockroaches, dance the nae nae or take a pie to the face? If so, get yourself down to Harbour Nights on June 15.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Bermuda is raising funds to support local youth by hosting its third biennial “how much would you pay to see me...?” event.
Taking place at the Bermuda Heroes Weekend-themed Harbour Night, radio hosts, politicians, sportsmen, Miss Bermuda and more will take on outrageous dares live on stage.
With the aim of raising a minimum of $1,500 per contestant for the charity, the celebrities will encourage members of the public to make pledges to see them do tasks that were picked by family and friends.
Patrina O'Connor-Paynter, managing director of BBBS and Power 95 radio stations' “Power Girl” expressed the importance of the event.
“As you are aware, charities in Bermuda are doing their best to raise funds and it is definitely not easy,” she said.
“In this economic climate we realise that we have to come up with new and innovative ways to raise funds on our own.
The funds raised will go towards providing young people with support through our Big Brothers Big Sisters Core Mentoring Programme which includes one-on-one and group mentoring.”
She added: “It is going to be tons of fun, very interactive with lots of laughs and outrageous dares!”
The contestants are:
• Alfred Maybury, president of Somerset Cricket Club. Will get dressed completely in St George's attire and have his face painted the team colour by a child in the audience.
• Neil Paynter, president of St George's Cricket Club. Will get dressed completely in Somerset attire and have his face painted the team colour by a child in the audience.
• Alyssa Rose, Miss Bermuda. Will have a child in the audience give her a (not so) “glamorous” makeover.
• Jeff Sousa v Teresa Perozzi II. The boxing match of the century, four years in the making.
• Chubb, Can Heels Upset these Brave Boys. The men of Chubb will run in high heels and Bermuda shorts down Front Street. Featuring: Dwayne “Streaker” Adams, Vernal Caines, Randolph Simons, David Jenkins and Graeme Henderson.
• Dejon Simmons, Bermemes. Will drink a fishcake smoothie.
• Qian Dickinson, Hott 107.5. Will create pies for children in the audience to eat and if they don't like them they can throw the pies in his face.
• Ashley Estwanik. Will eat a cockroach.
• Jodi Lewis. Will lip-sync an old-school rap song in full attire.
• Cami Cam. Will dance Gombeys to either country music or a slow jam and get sprayed with water by the children in the audience.
• Michiko Campbell, Chiko's Smokey Rub. Will sing in a clown outfit, have flour poured on him and then jump overboard.
• Darin Minors, Code Red, Soca Truck. Will become the soca king and get the crowd rocking.
• Rosette Simmons, BBBS board member. Will sing Adele's Hello with surprise guest.
• “Power Girl”. Might wear blue and blue (St George's colours), although it might burn her skin.
• Antoine Jones, host of “In the Know” TV show. Will become a human canvas and allow children to throw paint on him.
• Bishop Nicholas Dill. Will dance the “Whip and Nae Nae” while children throw water balloons at him.
Equally excited about the event is MP Jeff Sousa, who will be stepping into the ring for a rematch with retired boxer Teresa Perozzi.
“Four years ago Trina approached me about the idea of participating in the event, I ended up running into Teresa and asked her if she would box me on Front Street. I had never boxed before but I love it and ended up walking away with blood rushing out of my nose after she hit me in the face”, he laughed.
“Teresa will be coming out of retirement to fight me and the main thing for me is to not get knocked out in front of all those people.”
The night will begin at 7pm with Power Girl as the MC and music played by one of the BHW DJs, followed by a gombey performance at 7.30pm. The dares will start at 8pm and last until 9pm before the BHW DJs keep the crowd going until 10pm. Harbour Nights is held every Wednesday during the summer, on Front Street and is organised by the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.
• To make a donation towards one of the contestants, visit the donations section of www.bermudatix.bm. For more information contact the BBBS office on 232-2802 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org