On Friday November 5th, 2021 Reggae super star Gyptian (Windell Beneto Edwards) received the Heritage Award from the Consul General of New York, Alison Roach Wilson.
The impressive soiree was held at the Jamaica Consulate in Manhattan, New York which saw several sons and daughters of Jamaican soil honored for their “selfless efforts deserving of commendation.”
For the past 8 years, Gyptian has combined his performance success with his philanthropic focus by supporting Therapy Plus Jamaica which is a special needs school for Autistic persons. He has funded their reading room with specialized books through the Jamaica Autism Support Association.
Gyptian has also hosted a birthday celebration in Tavern, St. Andrew, donating all proceeds from the event to his alma mater by funding Oberlin High School’s computer lab – he also continues to work with the school. He works with the Life Love and Butterfly Foundation who received a substantial donation so that a teenage girl could have lifesaving heart surgery.
Most recently, Gyptian started the ‘Windel Edwards Foundation’ whose mandate is to work with children with special needs. He also hosts back-to-school drives in Tavern, St. Andrew where he grew up.
Alongside Gyptian, Shabba Ranks, Dr. Hezedean Smith, Christopher Roberts and K. Dominic McKenzie and seven others were awarded.