The Gillian Whylie Scholarship Fund (GWSF) will host its second International Cultural Cabaret on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Hall, 120 Old Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica. The Cabaret is planned as a wonderful evening celebrating international cultures alongside local artistes. There will be dancing from the Manchioneal Cultural Group, music from Fab 5 and Energy Plus Mento Band, comedy by Canada’s Jay Martin, plus more. The show will begin at 7:00 p.m., but there will be a silent auction during the pre-show at 6:00 p.m.
The International Cultural Cabaret is raising funds to support the education of promising, yet financially challenged, students in Jamaica pursuing studies in Modern Languages. Now in its second year, the Cabaret is expected to appear annually on Jamaica’s entertainment calendar. Tickets and information about future cabarets will be available on the Gillian Whylie Scholarship Fund’s website.
“Last year’s event at the Jamaica Pegasus was spectacular,” said Dr. Donna M. Lewis Lee, sister of Gillian Lewis Whylie. “It was just a first-class charity event! You can see pictures from last year’s cabaret on the website at gwfund.org. There was a lot of energy in the ballroom. This year we will be showcasing dance, comedy and music from Canada and Jamaica. Join us on March 7th, 2020 to support a worthy cause. All proceeds go towards supporting students pursuing studies in modern languages.”
Gillian Whylie was a business owner, educator, dancer, and the founding Secretary of the Jamaica Association in Switzerland. She was born in Falmouth, Trelawny, Jamaica on November 10, 1963. Gillian lived in France for fourteen years and introduced the Jamaican folk dances of kumina, dinky-mini, and bruckins to fascinated Europeans. When Gillian returned to Jamaica, she taught French at Alpha Girls Academy at the upper level of the school and was fully involved in events in the diplomatic community on the island. She was elected President of Alliance Française de la Jamaïque, the international organization that aims to promote the French language and culture around the world. Gillian went on to establish her translating company,
You are Write Editing and Translation Limited, which worked with international organizations. On August 30, 2017, at age 53, Gillian tragically passed away after a brief illness. The Gillian Whylie Scholarship Fund (GWSF) was established shortly after.
The Gillian Whylie Scholarship Fund (GWSF) is a duly registered, charity organization established to promote the education and vocational training of Jamaican students with special emphasis on students pursuing studies in Modern Languages. The Fund is meant to continue the legacy of Gillian Whylie, who lived her life in support of advancing the learning and use of modern languages.
For more information on the Gillian Whylie Scholarship Fund, please visit www.gwfund.org.