Ity Ellis set to uplift young men
Comedian and motivational speaker Ian 'Ity' Ellis has embarked on his first philanthropic endeavour, 'Charity and Cheer', in aid of the Clifton Boys' Home in Darliston, Westmoreland. The fundraising affair is to take place today at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew.
The 58-year-old facility, originally designed to house boys who are victims of abuse and abandonment, was destroyed by a fire in January 2017 and is yet to achieve full functionality for the 28 young men left homeless.
Ellis, who is on a personal mission to contribute to the development and motivation of Jamaica's young men, shared that "We're spreading cheers through comedy and laughter. The boys have already been through so much. We want to not only give back with the proceeds from the fundraiser, but also, we want persons in attendance to be a part of a do-good event and a feel-good event."
The event will feature performances by renowned international gospel singer Kevin Downswell and Sterling Award's Best New Artiste Kevin Heath, plus comedian Leighton Smith.
It will be hosted by Owen 'Blakka' Ellis, with toasts by comedians Fancy Cat and Kathy 'Miss Jennifer' Grant.
"It's a show of praise and laughter. It's a show that represents me. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy some feel-good music and enjoy the comedy and performances," Ian Ellis said.
Executive member of the Clifton Boys' Home Colin Hitchman was somewhat surprised upon hearing about Ellis' heartwarming gesture.
"I was elated when approached about this fundraiser. This event being hosted by Mr Ellis means a lot to us. It comes as a lifeline. Our boys have been without a proper home for almost two years now, and after what they have experienced with the fire, we are happy to receive this assistance," he said. "We had planned on finishing the building at the end of this year, but funds presented a major challenge. This event will help us substantially. We hope to be able to get back on course and finish our new accommodation sometime early next year."