A total of $75,000 was raised passing the original minimal goal of $25,000 as the church has other goals in mind; so successful was the penny concert with encore performances and cash payments that after the tally was done the church had met their other goals and decided to increase the pledge to the project. The news came earlier today as we waited with bated breath for the figure. The interfaith group had pledged continued support and indeed they have stuck to the promise despite the challenges. Only draw back for me is that the group wants to keep things informal but it is a start none the less.
The funds will be managed by the interfaith team as before and more involvement of the cohort is planned for 2016
GLBTQ Jamaica via yours truly is involved via the second and third Wednesday sessions with the male members of the church who meet on those evenings to talk to the guys and then other male church members as the populations are separated for now.
Equipment challenges persisted all this time as the machines/whackers were down to only two working ones as others broke down repeatedly and engine trouble with stones lodging in the inner workings of the motors and such I am told. Residents who are serviced slowed greatly their patronage as austerity is the order of the day; a typical household who would manicure lawns twice a month in good steady rainfall periods have cut down to once per month while with dropping gas prices as a benefit business downturn eats away the possibly increase in income. Falling prices in the whackers themselves from a high of $20,000 to $10,000 or lower for second hand ones have also seen some households purchasing their own hence not relying on whackers who would charge an average of $1,500 to $2,500 dependent on size and scope of work required. The economics pan out well for some former customers.
Great news for the holidays and outlook for the new year, I have not heard any plans this year for any dinner activity as was done in 2013 but the guys and myself have been invited to Christmas services.
Hope remains while company is true.
Peace & tolerance
also see previous entries from here and GLBTQ Jamaica Wordpress:
INTERFAITH GROUP PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR ST CATHERINE HOMELESS MSM