So the donation mentioned in a previous post (Penny Concert/Rally raises funds in part for MSM Weed-whacking Project) by the often referred to interfaith group was made officially on Christmas Day at a dinner and singsperation session involving all the participants in the described weed-whacker income generating project. Last year there was no treat for them as was the case in 2013 where the second one was held but this year all the stops were moved to make it happen. The shot in the arm of course was the surpassing of a penny concert fundraiser goal for the church groups involved which saw twice the original suggested amount being donated on paper; it was presented as a cash gift at the treat/dinner.
Grocery items and two hot plates among other things were also donated a given as gifts thanks to a church sister out of pocket and my appeal to persons for some donations. I also drew up the GLBTQ Jamaica Paypal account thanks to you my loyal readers over the years some donations have come in; though small but is worth noting to assist in the process as has happened before.
Bearing in mind this was exclusively for the MSM/L weed whackers and not the other general male mentorship program the church is more directly involved in.
We finished on the afternoon in time for the gathering.
The Menu included:
Roti and curried goat
Stewed doctor fish
Rice & Peas
Sorrel with or without rum
Non alcoholic beverages
Two customers who use the services of the whackers who are also members of the MSM community also passed through to show support and had made case donations of $2,000 each which helped in procuring some of the items listed on the menu. A big thanks to them for passing by and supporting ‘de ting’ as one of the guys said.
The participants were encouraged to use the donation from the penny concert activity to good use and it was suggested to buy at least two new machines to offset the rotation issues with the present two. The new ones could be used and go on making use of the warranty while repairs or refurbishing can be effected to the older units and or revival of the downed machines. Fortunately with stabilized rainfall, shrubbery growth and customer count rising income generation looks good thus far.
The men also received a spruced up care package than normal from the church team who also have been assisting in covering the rent for the house some of the men and one woman in living in now. The guys also pitch in from earnings from their income; Sunday meals are usually provided by another church sister nearby but she is relocating to a new house some distance away so other arrangements may have to come into effect.
I rather like small projects like this, they are devoid of the fluff and elite cloudiness that can impact it and the pre-occupation with image as seen with some NGOs and individuals is missing so things get done way better and directly to those the activities should reach.
Hope remains while company is true, I hope this project goes on with little or no obstacles as it stabilizes. Thanks to all the folks who got involved this year.
Peace & tolerance
INTERFAITH GROUP PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR ST CATHERINE HOMELESS MSM