Kryztanna Sharpe’s call to “Get Your Vaccine and Go Your Way” and 11-year-old Vasudha Maharaj’s appeal to “Jab Jab D’ Vaccine” landed them top prizes in the UN in T&T’s Get Vaxxed song contest.
The UN Resident Co-ordinator’s Office ran the competition during the July/August vacation, inviting children ages 17 and under to compose original songs that encourage people to get vaccinated. Vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19.
Kryztanna’s impressive calypso catapulted her to the title of Best Song, while Vasudha’s imaginative chutney fused the local folklore of the Jab Jab character with the Covid-19 vaccine, winning her the title of Best Original Performer.
Each child had the support of willing parents who assisted the girls in writing and performing their entries. Vasudha’s entire family: Mom Indira Maharaj, sister Vrishni Maharaj, and dad Aneil Maharaj—supported her as backup dancers and videographer. Kryztanna’s father Kendall Sharpe, helped her compose the lyrics and melody for her winning entry.
Earl Boodasingh, chairman of the Massy Foundation, right, makes a presentation to Vasudha Maharaj, winner of the prize for Most Original Performer.
Massy Group, a valued member of the UN in T&T’s Business Roundtable, sponsored cash prizes of $3,000 for each winner to assist with education expenses.
UN resident co-ordinator Marina Walter, and chairman of the Massy Foundation, Earl Boodasingh, distributed prizes to the winners during a brief ceremony at UN House on Chancery Lane, on August 30.
Walter congratulated the girls for applying their creativity and originality to the most urgent appeal of our time. She encouraged them to continue advocating in their communities for education and information about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Boodasingh said the Massy Foundation is proud to support the two girls with their education. He praised them as “responsible role models” and urged them to continue using their influence to shape a better society.