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Hello Mi Neighbour | Bury your pride

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Hello, mi neighbour! You would agree that every day and in all walks of life, people find themselves in some difficulty out of which they cannot free themselves without the help of others.

'A jus' suh di ting set' - cannot change!

Those who have come to grips with this knowledge, use it as a guiding light as they interact with others. And may I appeal to those who are still lagging behind to get in line. Very often, the difficulty into which our neighbours find themselves surrounds their health. Usually at this time, there is a scarcity of the financial resource needed to help address the issue. Faced with this crisis, people are always willing to bury pride and shamefacedness as they reach out to others for help.

I came across this bit of heart-touching information recently, which will hopefully touch the heart of every reader and will move him/her to action on behalf of kidney patient, Tamara Walters. Her wish is for the restoration of her health, which will enable her to "provide for her seven-year-old and to see him pass the worse". She therefore pleads for financial help from fellow Jamaicans for dialysis treatments.

Miss Walters, who started treatment about 16 months after being diagnosed with kidney failure, is really in a desperate situation. She has no money and each hospital visit for dialysis is running her about $8,500 and could increase further, due to the severity of her condition. She is scheduled to visit the hospital twice weekly and family members, who have their own "crosses to bear", cannot assist her at this time.

To compound the matter. she is expected to care for her brother who suffers from Down's syndrome and glaucoma.

Due to this incapacitating condition, which worsens with each passing day, Miss Walters is unemployable and therefore unable to purchase food and other necessities. Her daughters, ages 20 and 22 whom she was hoping to provide her with 'daily bread', are not in a position to do so at the moment.

"One of them has a little work, but nothing much, and it's very difficult; very difficult and very hard."

So, she is asking for her neighbours' help.

Hear this neighbour's cry: "Right now I urgently need some dialysis because my belly is swollen, my foot is swollen, and I'm feeling pain all over and I really need some help. It is so hard because I'm so weak, and I'm still trying. I'm fighting to stay alive and I'm fighting for my life because each day I get up, I pray. I ask God to give me strength so that I can take care of my sick brother and my son."

Those who are able to assist may call 594-0758 or 316-9476.

And please remember someone from the list below. People are in need.

Much peace.




1. Nadine, for offering clothing for the entire family.

2. Rosemarie, for offering assistance to her Jamaican neighbours.

3. Neighbour, St Andrew, for offering a television to a neighbour.

4. Mr Smith, for offering a second-hand sewing machine and a computer to a neighbour.




- Maude, St Ann - Asking her neighbour for a small second-hand refrigerator and a fan.

- Sasha, St Mary - Asking for a TV or radio.

- Camille, St Catherine - Asking for a queen-size mattress.

- Peach, Manchester - Shop was destroyed by arsonist. Asking neighbours for a stove and refrigerator to restart.

- Tamica - Good morning Jamaica, my name is Tamica. My father is critically ill and my mother is unemployed. I am asking my neighbours for a laptop to help with my SBAs and graphic design studies.

- 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.