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Hello Mi Neighbour: Jamaica needs more lifeguards

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Hello mi neighbour! In my short discourse today, I'd like you to reflect on this matter: lifeguards are persons who manage the safety of swimmers, surfers, and other water sports participants, whether at the beach, water park, or swimming pool. Of necessity, they are strong swimmers trained in first aid and water rescue technique. Their priority is to ensure that no harm comes to users of the area for which they are responsible. Despite the activities of lifeguards in our world, it is said that, on an annual basis, more than one million people die from drowning globally. Do we need more lifeguards? Who will sign up?

As you contemplate that matter, consider this: there is a sense in which we can be and are expected to be 'lifeguards'.

As it is the responsibility of the traditional lifeguard to ensure the safety of others within a given context, it is our responsibility as children of the earth to ensure the well-being of others. You may be tired of hearing this but please hear me out: this is a fact which must be repeated over and over again until it is etched on our hearts. How else do we help to improve our world?




Around us are many persons drowning in all kinds of problems and who are reaching out for help. In most instances, it takes no special training or skill to rescue them. Of course, there are many who need professional help but cannot access it because of their financial circumstances. May I implore more of our professionals to become 'lifeguards' for some of these persons?

Some of them may turn around to be your 'lifeguard' down the road. One never knows. Bottom line, we all need to think like lifeguards and help save lives, thus giving everyone a good chance at life.

In helping his contemporaries to understand their respon-sibilities to one another, even

as I do to mine today, in 1888, Edwin S. Ufford penned

these words:

Throw out the lifeline across the dark wave;

There is a brother whom someone should save;

Somebody's brother! O who then will dare

To throw out the lifeline, his peril to share?

Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!

Someone is drifting away;

Throw out the lifeline! Throw out the lifeline!

Someone is sinking today.

Throw out the lifeline with hand quick and strong:

Why do you tarry, why linger so long?

See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today

And out with the life boat! Away, then away!

Throw out the lifeline to danger fraught men,

Sinking in anguish where you've never been;

Winds of temptation and billows of woe

Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.

Soon will the season of rescue be o'er,

Soon will they drift to eternity's shore;

Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay,

But throw out the lifeline and save them today.

Will you throw out a lifeline to someone from the list below?




1. Nakeita, St James, for offering crochet threads to Joy, Kingston

2. Tris-Ann, for donation of clothing for 18-yr-old female who asked

3. Keisha, for offering a refrigerator and a TV to a neighbour

4. Neighbour, for offering a playpen to a neighbour.





- Marcia, Westmoreland, asking neighbours for pvc pipe to help to get water to her house

- Sonia, St Catherine, seeking assistance with food for children

- Neighbour, asking neighbours for a bed

 - Neighbour, single mother, asking for assistance to go back to nursing school

- Neighbour, mother of three, asking for a stove to bake for a living

-Annmarie, St Ann, asking for dining table with chairs

- Ms Phipps, mother of three, asking for a bed and a fridge.

- Joy, asking neighbours for help to purchase medication for kidney

- Neighbour, lost everything to fire. In need of a bed, small stove or hotplate, a TV and a refrigerator.

- 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