Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
For the past 19 months, 14-year-old Shamar Honeyghan of the farming community Flagaman, in St Elizabeth, has been sitting at home facing an uncertain future because of a broken leg, which has got progressively worse
However, things are about to change after St Elizabeth businessman Clive Todd and some of his colleagues in the business community collected $345,000 to begin a drive to correct the condition and restore hope in Honeyghan's life.
"I was approached by his mother, Marjorie Nelson, a few weeks ago, who was finding it hard watching her boy suffer," Todd told The Sunday Gleaner. "A surgery was required
Todd added: "I took her information and visited the child that same day and after seeing him, immediately gave them a commitment that something would be done to address the problems."
Appeal to corporate Jamaica
Todd then made an appeal to corporate Jamaica and individuals, and in 31 hours, raised $345,000 to assist this young man in walking again.
Todd's business, 21st Century Supermarket, will be managing the process of getting him back on his feet, and has hired one of the country's leading orthopaedic surgeons, Dr Mark Minott.
International charity Food For The Poor, through its chairman Andrew Mahfood, donated a wheelchair which now allows Honeyghan to move about in his community with much ease.
"I am happy for the help," said Honeyghan's mother. "It's hard as a mother to see your child suffering and not be able to do something about it, so I am really appreciative of the help I am getting from the business people, they did not hesitate."
According to Todd, the initiative will also see them working closely with the family to ensure that he goes back to school.
"A broken leg should never stop one from gaining an education, so for me this is a matter of priority," he said.
Among the other firms and individuals who contributed to the initiative are Jakes Hotel; Wisynco; Carib Cement; ATL Group; Taino Cove; Pepsi; National Commercial Bank; Tank Weld; St Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Black River Chapter; Mayor Everton Fisher; Hugh Buchanan, member of parliament for St Elizabeth South West; Senator Dr Christopher Tufton; and Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake.
CAPTION - Fourteen-year-old Shamar Honeyghan (in wheelchair) in a photo-op with his mother Marjorie Nelson (centre), and Clive Todd, CEO of 21st Century Supermarket in Pedro Cross, St Elizabeth. Todd led an initiative with the business community to raise money for medical treatment for Honeyghan, who broke his leg 19 months ago and was having a difficult recovery due to him also suffering from sickle cell anaemia. So far the group's initiative, which is also helping to send Honeyghan back to school, has raised $345,000. - Photo by Mark Titus