Band Aid for Walter BrownWritten by Rozzano Davids & Ryan Swano
Veteran crooner and Gospel artist Walter Brown is the man who established legendary South African band The Rockets back in the 1960's and is also responsible for discovering the late great Robbie Jansen. After The Rockets he ventured into a solo career and had a huge hit with a song called "Darling I Love You" in the seventies. Through his subsequent gospel career he traveled all over the globe ministering and performing with US artists like Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin.
In February this year Walter returned from a trip to Namibia with abdominal pains which become worse over the past months. He was admitted to Tygerberg Hospital last week after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has just undergone surgery to determine the extent of the cancer and a prognosis for future treatment.
As with many entertainers, most musicians including Walter Brown, have almost always had an erratic income and until recently when more flexible health-care schemes have become available, entertainers rarely could qualify or maintain a 'regular' medical aid scheme.
Band Aid SA has been established to provide musicians and entertainers with among other things, business and personal finance education but more importantly to assist those who cannot afford the exorbitant medical & related costs when they are hospitalised due to illness or injury.
Band Aid not only provides services to instrumentalists and singers but also to others involved in the music industry like producers, rappers, DJ's, sound engineers, etc.
Entertainers like Rudolph Paulse, Karriem Darries, Sammy Webber, Russel Majiet and Andre 'Dr Boogie' Pearce are among those who have recently or are currently benefiting from the Band aid SA initiative.
Calvin Peters of Band Aid SA is appealing for donations in order to assist Walter Brown and his family with temporary relief. His wife Shirley has to travel daily from Somerset West to visit him in hospital. Donations will go towards fuel costs and other medical needs over and above those provided by the state hospital.
Please help where you can or facilitate by introducing the initiative to your corporate as well as social contacts.
The Launch of the Band Aid Initiative which was attended by sponsors including Nedbank.
You can also telephone William Rezant 073-399-0244 or contact Calvin Peters via his Uncle Cal Facebook Page.
Though members have come and gone, The Rockets band has been around since the 1960's