Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Orleans musicians and environmental groups host Ebola prevention benefit

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

A benefit at Hi-Ho Lounge raises funds for a Liberian organization that delivers sanitation supplies, like hand-washing stations, and food to communities impacted by ebola. - PHOTO COURTESY LBB
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  • A benefit at Hi-Ho Lounge raises funds for a Liberian organization that delivers sanitation supplies, like hand-washing stations, and food to communities impacted by ebola.

New Orleans musicians headline a benefit Wednesday (Nov. 5) to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus and help address the health crisis impacting thousands of people in Africa. United Against Ebola — organized by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Africa Brass — will benefit the Natural Resources Research Initiative's (NRRI) Action Prevents Ebola campaign, which helps deliver health information, distribute sanitation supplies and food, and educate impacted communities.

Liberian environmental activist Abel Williams Cheayan is president of NRRI. This summer, the 25 year old worked with the Bucket Brigade as part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Proceeds from the event will help pay for chloride bottles, hand-washing buckets and bags of rice to distribute among five Liberian communities and 100,000 people.

The event at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave.) features performances from Africa NOLA, Africa Brass, Mario Abney & the Abney Effect, BateBunda and others, with dance performances from Torrence Taylor, Lady Voodoo and Abeo. There also is a local art silent auction. Organizers ask people to wear red, white and blue. Admission is a suggested donation of $5-$20.

According to the World Health Organization as of Oct. 22, there have been nearly 10,000 cases of the disease with more than 4,000 deaths.

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