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A mom's little hero, son saves lunch money to help family

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 11:39 AM
Conroy Shakespeare, 12, of Gutters, Old Harbour, St Catherine sees this small chicken business as the ticket that will take his family out of poverty.
Conroy Shakespeare shows off one of his chickens at his home in Gutters, St Catherine. His mother, Simone Spence, and brother, Leroy, look on.

St Catherine mother Simone Spence has described her 12-year-old son, Conroy Shakespeare, as her hero after the youngsters saved his lunch money and bought chickens to help his family to start a business.

Conroy said that he saw his mother struggling financially and he knew he had to step in to try to help ease her burden.

The Innswood High School first-former saved $680 from his lunch money one week and was able to purchase six chickens, which he said will be the key to taking his family out of poverty.

"Sometimes me madda nuh have nuh money, sometimes a rice and butter she can afford to cook gi we, and me nuh like see when she broke and look sad," Conroy said.

"Me just decide to buy these six chickens, and dem give me a extra one, so me can help her. For one entire week, me no eat no lunch and save me money. Me only take out me bus fare and bear the hunger," he said.

The youngster constructed a small coop to house the chickens in the back of his yard in Gutters, Old Harbour, St Catherine.

"When dem get big, me ago give me mother two a dem so she can cook for we and sell the rest so me can buy more. Me want a big chicken farm so me can supply all the wholesale and supermarket dem," Conroy said.

"When me get the chicken money, me a guh buy some goats and pigs," he said.

Conroy is the eldest of three children for his mother. They live in a one-bedroom house on a leased property. Spence said she was completely surprised when she saw him building the coop.

"I had some boards that I was using to make a bench for them to sit on when they are doing their homework, and I saw him use it and build the coop. Me never know him did a save him lunch money or anything, so the way me impressed, me put it on Facebook and it went viral, and people start reach out to me and wish him well. Persons even send a money to buy more chickens and build a bigger coop, so next week we ago start build it," she said.

The pre-teen said that since the amateur video of him purchasing the chickens went viral, he has often been laughed at by other youngsters.

"All mi fren dem laugh at me and mock me say how me make people video me with fowl and put me on Internet, but me nuh pay them any mind. Nuff time me all say me wah be prefect and dem ask me if me a idiot because people ago take set on me. Me nah pay dem no mind still, because me still a guh try," he said.

Persons who want to assist Conroy may contact his mother, Simone Spence, at 876-348-6839.

This story was first published in the Weekend Star.

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