URBAN ISLANDZ NEWS: Reggae/Dancehall artiste Shaggy was honoured on the weekend for his humanitarian work.

Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Burrell, was awarded the 2011 ‘International Humanitarian Award’ by the American Friends of Jamaica at their 7th Annual Peac**k Soiree held at Jungle Island, Miami Florida on Saturday.

The 7th Annual Peac**k Soiree was hosted by the president of the American Friends of Jamaica, Ambassador Sue Cobb, and the board of directors.

Shaggy is known for his philanthropic work through his ‘Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation’. The hit-maker has been hosting his ‘Shaggy and Friends Concert’ since 2009, which is supported by several local and international artistes.

Shaggy also keeps his annual Christmas treat at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he alongside entertainers such as Sean Paul, Alaine, Khago, Chris Martin, Tessanne Chin and others have gone to the wards of the hospital to hand out gifts and to bring cheers into the lives of the children.

Proceeds from the 7th Annual Peac**k Soiree will benefit Jamaican charities in education, health care and economic development.

American Friends of Jamaica was founded in 1982 by Anne F Sabo, and continues to support health care, education and economic development in Jamaica.