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Strengthening the human connection … one link at a time

Published:Thursday | July 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM

HELLO MI neighbour! I ask again: do we know that we are all VIPs? Nothing and no one in Jamaica is more valuable than you and me. Dollar value, possession and position not counted in this. If a chain becomes shorter with every missing link, a five-year-old can predict the outcome. Each of us represents just one link in that important chain.

How important are we? Take a look at our beautiful fountains and waterfalls. Stroll along our beaches and into our parks. Examine the equipment in our hospitals. Spend a weekend at a five-star hotel. And I could go on and on. All these were prepared with you and me in mind, because we are important and valuable.

Human beings are the most valuable creatures on this planet. A doctor will spend 10 years preparing to fix sick bodies. As we speak, scientists are trying to find cures for some of the diseases affecting mankind. Governments spend billions of dollars annually on health care, security, education etc. Why? Because people are valuable.

An airplane will not take off until it is safe to do so. If we are caught disobeying road codes, we are charged. An illegal gun in one's possession could lead to many years of imprisonment. And the list goes on. And what's behind all of this? Whenever safety precautions are not followed and rules are broken, people are hurt. And so what? We are very valuable to our world.


While travelling along the toll road a few weeks ago, I witnessed a motor vehicle crash into a wall. Within five minutes, a crowd gathered to offer assistance. The victim was not a friend or relative of the prime minister, the president, or the king. He was a simple little man, but most important, a human being.

The first instinct of people whenever someone gets hurt is to jump in and help. Do you remember 9/11 when several firefighters lost their lives while trying to rescue hurting people? And what about the twins who died recently as one tried to rescue the other from drowning?

If we take so many risks and put so much effort into preserving our lives and ensuring our well-being, why would people try to hurt others instead of helping them? Sin and insanity? We have work to do!

And as we get to work, can we help someone from the list below? Bless you.

Thanks to neighbours

1. Neighbour, for offering bed linen to needy neighbour (539-0160).

2. Henrietta, for offering eight kitchen cupboard drawers and doors to a needy neighbour (any takers?).

3. Natalie, for offering a bunk bed to a neighbour.

4. Ms Campbell, St James, for offering to help widow who is homeless.

5. Ms McFarlane - she, too, has offered to help the widow who is homeless.

6. Neighbour for offering clothing.

Opportunities to help

1. Neighbour, Trelawny, needs a mattress.

2. Justin, Clarendon, senior citizen, asking for a stove.

3. Neighbour, disabled young man, asking for a cooler to sell juice and snacks to make a living.

4. Neighbour, Westmoreland, mother of three, asking for a television and a double bed.

5. Neighbour, unemployed. Leg amputated. Asking for help to purchase prosthetic leg.

6. Neighbour, St Catherine, mother of three, got burnt out, asking for a television. Children watch television next door and it's embarrassing.

7. Viviene, Kingston, Olga Mendez Basic School is badly in need of repairs. Asking neighbours for help.

8. Karen, St Andrew, diabetic. Recently involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered a broken leg. Doing physiotherapy. Asking for second-hand bicycle to help with recovery.

9. Saviena, asking for a double-bed mattress.

10. Neighbour, Manchester, mother of seven. Asking for a television.

11. Neighbour, asking for help on behalf of a neighbour whose family needs a bed and a stove, which they cannot afford to purchase.

12. Jethro, Kingston, needs a mattress for his bedridden wife.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 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