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No man is an island

Published:Wednesday | October 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! Do you care that someone in agony could use your help today? Six years ago, I coined this statement which is always relevant: help the helpless, one day you may need help from the helpless whom you helped when you become helpless.

Individual strength, resourcefulness and independence preclude no one from the fragility of mortal man. "No man is an island, no man stands alone ... ." And even if we were little islands, our survival would impinge on the resources of others.

Because no man is an island it behooves us to regard one another as brother, sister and friend. Life is filled with too many uncertainties for us to think otherwise. When a friend met in an accident recently, strangers were the ones who rallied around her. Relatives came in later. Point.

This weekly column is not for entertainment or personal satisfaction. It's to remind us of our primordial duty. Whenever called upon to trek an 'extra mile' for the benefit of another human being, no one should ask, 'what's in it for me?' Well, what's in it for me maybe manifested down the road when I fall into a ditch and need someone to help me out. Do good and good will not hesitate to follow you.

One of life's harshest realities is that people who sow bad seeds or 'burn bad lamp' for others usually reap a harvest of misery. If I slam the door in a neighbour's face in his/her time of crisis, I could suffer a similar fate in my time of crisis. Save the heartache, pain and misery.

Here, I am constrained to issue a charge. Stop staring at the inhuman conditions under which many of our neighbours exist and do whatever you can to help change it. Listen to the story of the unfortunate other. Many are dogged by problems which they cannot dodge. An unemployed mother with two children and the added burden of her sick mother receives no sympathy from her landlord who must pay his mortgage or lose his house.

Oftentimes some persons who cannot afford to pay rent would construct a little dwelling house on family land, but they cannot afford the first sheet of zinc. It is for this very reason that my telephone lines are jammed on a weekly basis. Neighbours need housing solutions, however basic. The situation is urgent and I urge those who can lend a helping hand not to hesitate. My contact details are below.

Even if you are in need of help, help someone else. You could be sowing seeds for a bumper crop of goodness down the road.

Until next time, have a chik-V-free day!

Thanks to neighbours:

1. Mr Fong, St Andrew, for offering to pay school fee and purchase uniform for needy student.

2. Hortense Ellis, for assisting young mother who needs food.

3. Yvette, for offering crib and whatnot.

4. Annmarie for offering clothing to neighbour.

5. Joan Jackson for offering uniforms to needy students.

Opportunities to help:

1. Neighbour, unemployed mother of three, needs help with food.

2. Neighbour, stroke victim - doesn't know where to turn - asking for help to do therapy.

3. Edith, senior citizen, asking for help to buy medication.

4. Sophia, St Andrew, needs a queen-sized mattress.

5. Angella, St Catherine, single mother, needs a divan bed.

6. Neighbour, fire victim, asking for bed and other household items

7. Gwendolyn, Trelawny, has heart condition. Unable to work. Asking for help to send her seven-year-old child to school.

8. Neighbour, asking for a crib.

9. Tanya, asking for dresser, stove and other household items.

10. Neighbour, St Mary, needs a stove.

11. Jodian, St Catherine, mother of two needs food for children.

12. Cheryl, St Catherine, asking for textbooks for nine and 13-year-old. Also needs help to sell snacks in order to put food on her table.

13. Simone, young mother, asking for help to go back to school.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour C/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email