A couple from Collier Row are hosting an online music event to help raise awareness and funds for mental health. Besi and her rapper husband are hosting ‘Rap Aid’ this Saturday, working with charities across the country to help people who suffer with PTSD.
Besi told the Havering Daily:”We started to plan this in December last year. We know someone who suffers with PTSD and just how bad it can be and with lock down everything became worse and we saw so many people struggle during that period.
“My husband and I decided to do this event to not only raise funds, but also help raise awareness. We live in an era where mental health awareness has never been more important. It is a very real problem in the world right now. However, for some people it always has been, and will continue to be so long after life returns to “normal”. Despite this, we have a long way to go to increase both awareness and understanding.
“The aim of the event is to gather talented rappers from all over the world to raise awareness and funds for mental health. We are working with the charities Mind and My Oppo (a charity that deals with PTSD, a condition often suffered by members of the Armed Forces).
“Rap is a popular genre of music, but we aim to prove that not all rappers conform to stereotypes. We have rappers from all over the world, of different ethnicities, nationalities and genders. Our slogan is that “talent has no stereotypes, mental health has no stereotypes”.
“Besi Music is hosting Rap Aid. We are a small brand set up by a husband and wife team from Collier Row, who have been lucky enough to get a group of very talented rappers onside. We have no budget, we are using our own funds – and there is very little of them! We are not getting paid, we are not recovering our costs, they are a donation to the cause. Every penny raised will go to the charities that we have mentioned above. But we wish to make this a success based upon the fact that people care. People should care, this is such an important topic.”
“Please tune in to help out, at 8pm on our dedicated website www.rapaid.online. For those that want to log on early, we have a warm up act from 7pm. Viewers can follow @besi_music on both Instagram and Facebook for information on our artists, the charities, mental health – and a few funny posts thrown in too. The entire pages are dedicated to Rap Aid”.