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‘Shakey Bunny’ gets Christmas pampering

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:14 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer
Echoing the joyful spirit of Christmas, Levy Neath (seated), aka ‘Shakey Bunny’, is captured here with We Believe Foundation members and the volunteers who took care of him on Saturday. From left: Philroy Facey, Prince Hall, Rev Devon Williams, Dr Pyae Sone Phyo, Doreen Crowther, beautician Juliet Beam, nurse Toni-Ann Newland and Tommy, the barber.
Echoing the joyful spirit of Christmas, Levy Neath (seated), aka ‘Shakey Bunny’, is captured here with We Believe Foundation members and the volunteers who took care of him on Saturday. From left: Philroy Facey, Prince Hall, Rev Devon Williams, Dr Pyae Sone Phyo, Doreen Crowther, beautician Juliet Beam, nurse Toni-Ann Newland and Tommy, the barber.

When gospel artiste Prince Hall, along with Doreen Crowther and other members of the We Believe Foundation, with the support of several others, handed over a new house to Levy Neath, popularly known as ‘Shakey Bunny’, on the occasion of his 67th birthday in November last year, one would have been forgiven to think that that was the end of the story. Think again.

The foundation, especially through Crowther, has been there for Neath right throughout. In fact, it was Crowther’s devotion to helping the disabled shut-in that led to the formation of We Believe.

On Saturday, December 14, the group again returned to the scene of their greatest gift, with medical and personal care teams to pamper the indigent resident of Harrison Town in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

This included Dr Pyae Sone Phyo, along with nurse Toni-Ann Newland of Alpin Medical Centre; Juliet Beam of Best Look Salon; and Tommy, otherwise called ‘Rasta’, a barber from Mr T’s Hairport, all in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

The medical team did several checks on the elderly gentleman, including blood pressure, heart, lungs, stomach and other areas. Dr Phyo also gave Neath a box of multivitamins for seniors.

And while Rasta trimmed and shaved the senior citizen, Beam offered him a manicure.

THOROUGHLY ENJOYED

It was something that Neath thoroughly enjoyed based on his reaction, even though he was unable to say it. Neath was also presented with a box of groceries.

For the volunteers, the donation came from the heart.

“This is something that we do,” Dr Phyo said, explaining that going out in the community to serve was part of his mission. He said he was happy to be able to give back at this time.

Beam, a believer of Christ, said volunteering was nothing new as she usually offers the service to community members whenever possible and, in fact, is hoping to go back into the field in a more meaningful way.

“I want to put myself back into it, to go out and deliver to persons that need help. That’s what God wants me to do, so I give myself the opportunity to come back out and start,” she explained.

For Tommy, the barber, it was his kind streak that led him to leave his shop and donate his service freely to Neath.

“I believe in giving, I’m always giving to people,” he explained. “It’s a thing where you get a good feeling, so you always want to give. More time, there are people who need help and if everybody can do (something like) this, I think Jamaica would run much better.”

The nice gesture was a gift that should serve for Christmas and into the new year for Levy, and according to Hall, the actions of We Believe Foundation and the volunteers should be replicated all over the island. “It is always something that we want to do as a community, we seek out those who are in need,” Hall pointed out. “It is the season of giving, as they say, so we should be giving back and, henceforth, we as a team, we are giving back and we also encourage others who can. Look around in your area, see the persons who are in need, that should be the main thrust at this time.”