The second edition of Basia Survivor Network’s fund raising event, The 'Beat Breast Cancer' Music Festival, is scheduled to take place at the Queens’ Park Savannah, Trinidad, on 26th June. This year, the 2011 Soca Monarch winner Machel Montano and reggae crooner Maxi Priest will be the headlining acts. The event will also feature performances by Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, Shurwayne Winchester, 3Canal and Kevin Lyttle, amongst others.This initiative is one of the main fundraising events of the Basia Foundation, which was founded in 2009 by Alicia and Ricardo Powell. The foundation's mission is to beat breast cancer in the Caribbean region and to offer support to breast cancer patients and survivors.
In 2009, Alicia Powell was diagnosed with breast cancer; her experience and understanding of the disease led her to develop this initiative to create awareness and support. All proceeds from this event will be used by the foundation to provide PET/CT scans and reconstructive surgeries for its members.
The public is urged to wear white, pink or purple at the event as a sign of support. The colour purple has been added to the foundation's colour scheme as a means of raising awareness of prostate cancer, which was not represented in the first event, held in October 2010. Tickets are priced beginning at $250 for general admission and $600 for all-inclusive, and will be available at Sports and Games, Stetchers, SuperPharm and Bmobile outlets.