Tashieka Mair, Gleaner Writer
Lenissa Woolcock, 15, a student of Anchovy High School, in St. James, needs help to pay both travelling and surgery expenses to remove the growth from her left eye. She is scheduled to leave the island in March for surgery in Cuba. - CLAUDINE HOUSEN/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
IN RESPONSE to a story published in The Gleaner yesterday about the plight of young Lenissa Woolcock, who has a large tumour on her left eye, many Jamaicans have empathised with her, and seem willing to assist the 15-year-old Anchovy High School student.
Calls have been pouring into Gleaner newsrooms islandwide from people willing to offer assistance. The NCB branches across the island have also received numerous calls from interested parties who wanted information on how to make donations to assist the teen with her urgently needed operation.
However, there was an unfortunate snag, as the NCB account number published yesterday is inactive. The bank was not able to immediately reopen the account because of administrative and legal requirements. Contributions can now be made to Scotiabank account number 907013 at the Montego Bay branch.
There have been positive responses from corporate Jamaica, which has also thrown its support behind Lenissa. Diana Blake-Bennett, Marketing Manager of Restaurant Associates Limited, has also expressed an interest in the matter and has promised to make a donation. Another interested company is Solution Integrators in the Corporate Area. Air Jamaica has also confirmed it will provide tickets for Lenissa and her mother to make the trip overseas.