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Remember to 'big up' your neighbours

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! If you have ever cherished the thought of putting a brake on the swift passage of time, you are among billions. Like money, time whittles away quickly, leaving little wiggle room to accomplish our goals.

A popular comment in the streets is: the year jus' begin an' it almos' done already. As time rushes by, those who will not work with it will be left behind - but this needs not be. Just take advantage of all your waking moments and help others to do likewise. You'll be too busy to feel the swift passage of time.

A great way to take advantage of waking moments is to start 'bigging up' people. This is a Jamaican expression which means taking deliberate actions which will enable others to feel good about themselves. Complimenting others publicly is a winner. People who feel good about themselves will like others. A natural outcome over time is a better world. Test this theory by making people feel wanted and appreciated and see if you don't have positive results.

Today, I'd like you to help me to big up a few persons. Before getting there though, please help me to big up Mr Fong for his yeomen effort in ensuring that a lady from the hills of St Catherine no longer sleeps on the floor. Mr Fong, yuh large! Please accept the 'Hello Mi Neighbour Badge of Honour'. Join me also in bigging up Mr Clarke, who donated his last $1,000 so that a child could attend school for three days. And I know that Ms Brown could hate me for this, but I must expose her for a 'big up'. She donated a refrigerator to an elderly neighbour who needed one to store her diabetic medication.

Now for the list of persons I'd really like you to help me big up today. But first, a story: As I came out of church one Sunday morning many years ago, a gentleman whose 'tripe was twisting with hunger' met me and said: "Baas, mi hungry and a jus want a little food to eat so dat a can feel like somebody." My heart was touched and after a short, reasonable conversation, I emptied my pocket in his. Not only did he want to feel like a person, he wanted to feel good about himself, but hunger was standing in his way. As he left, I knew that I had 'bigged up' a depressed soul.

So, today, I ask you to help me big up a renal patient who is unemployed and needs help to fix a sewing machine, which she uses to earn an income. Please help me also to big up a neighbour who is asking for help to start farming in order to earn an income to send children to school. Denise is a fire victim and reaches out for help with household items. The final person on the list of persons to big up today is an unemployed grandmother. She has been caring for a granddaughter whose father was killed. In order to generate an income, she needs a sewing machine.

Big up to all respondents.

Thanks to neighbours:

1. Maria, St Catherine, for assisting Kemisha, St Ann, with child's school fee.

2. Juliet, St Andrew, for giving a bed to Shanique, St Catherine.

3. Sandy, St Catherine, for offering a bed base to a neighbour.

4. Marvalyn, St Andrew, for offering a bed and other household items to her neighbours.


Opportunities for helping


- Shanique, St Catherine, desperately in need of a bed.

- Neighbour, has cataract - asking neighbours for $30,000 to assist in restoring health.

- Neighbour, asking neighbours for a start with phone cards to help generate income for children's schooling.

- Neighbour, unemployed - mother of two asking for $3,000 to assist with daughter's school fee. Also needs help to start chicken rearing.

- Neighbour, Clarendon, needs clothing for girls: two, 18, 19 and boy 12. Bed linen also.

To help, please call 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