Nikkiland is back but needs sponsors

The chil­dren-cen­tred Car­ni­val event Nikki­land is back on. How­ev­er, its suc­cess hinges on the sup­port of cor­po­rate T&T and the pub­lic.

Ear­li­er this week, or­gan­is­er Nik­ki Cros­by can­celled the event due to a lack of spon­sor­ship. In an in­ter­view on CNC 3’s Morn­ing Brew yes­ter­day, the come­di­enne, ac­tress and ra­dio per­son­al­i­ty said while cor­po­rate T&T came on board, it is not enough.

“I still need help. I got a few dol­lars to get it go­ing but kin­da pray­ing the pub­lic comes out to cov­er most of the costs. Any cor­po­rate (en­ti­ties) out there, we’re will­ing to take the help,” she said.

Cros­by said she has al­ways ex­pe­ri­enced is­sues with the event, es­pe­cial­ly be­cause there are more lo­gis­tics in­volved than for an adult par­ty.

“When it’s chil­dren, you have to be so care­ful—in­sur­ance, and clean up crew—it has be­come very ex­pen­sive,” she said.

She said while she had many spon­sors who were will­ing to give back to chil­dren by way of prod­ucts, much-need­ed fi­nan­cial spon­sor­ship has not been pro­vid­ed.

“At the end of the day, when I looked at the kind of ex­pens­es, there’s no way what I col­lect at the door would be able to pay for every­thing,” she said.

Cros­by, who re­vealed that the sit­u­a­tion had left her heart­bro­ken and in tears, said the night af­ter she an­nounced the event had been can­celled she got a call from So­ca stars Bun­ji Gar­lin and Fay Ann Lyons-Al­varez.

“Fay-Ann and Bun­ji called me and said, ‘Niks, you need to jump back on the horse. You can’t give up, we can’t give up, let’s do this.’ By the morn­ing I got a few dol­lars here and there and we try­ing to put every­thing to­geth­er and I said okay, let’s do this,” she said

She ex­plained that Nikki­land pro­vides clean, whole­some and en­joy­able Car­ni­val en­ter­tain­ment for fam­i­lies. At $200 a tick­et, which al­lows en­try for one child and a par­ent, it is af­ford­able.

Cros­by said she hopes that ex­pe­ri­enc­ing per­for­mances at the event in­spires the chil­dren to be­come the next su­per­stars in the coun­try.

“If we’ve in­spired one kid, I’ve done my job,” she said.

The event is sched­uled to take place on Feb­ru­ary 10 at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah.

- by Rishard Khan