Grant and her 12-year-old son Jevan Wright watched in pained silence yesterday as thousands of kids and their mom and dad cheered on dancehall entertainer Kareem ‘QQ’ Dawkins’ performance at the popular yearly Lime Skool help event in Portmore, St Catherine.
Many of the kids close to were busy playing, even though adults snatched up reduced guides along with other college supplies, but this mom and her wheelchair-bound son found their predicament as well depressing for them to enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Twelve-year-old Jevan Wright and his mother, Olive Grant, stand close to the LIME booth during yesterday’s LIME Skool help event.
Hundreds collect to watch a stage performance at LIME’s Skool help event held at the Jamworld entertainment center in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday.
A simple query by this reporter prompted an unexpected flood of tears from Grant. She later explained that her son — diagnosed at age six with Dushenne Muscular Dystrophy — is supposed to start grade six at a brand name new college in Spanish Town, St Catherine in September, but she hadn’t a clue where the dollars would occur from to send him.
“I don’t even know. I didn’t have any dollars to purchase anything. We only came because] he said to me ‘Mommy allow us go over there, perhaps somebody may sponsor us,'” ongoing the mother, shifting away from her child to hide her tears.
“He can’t stand or anything, he is just deteriorating,” said Grant.
“He can’t help himself, we have to be taking him towards the toilet and assisting him. We have to bathe him, put on his clothes, and do everything for him,” she explained.
According towards the mother, all of the savings she experienced was spent on surgeries, medication and transportation fees given that her child’s diagnosis. Except to the mandatory $100 cellular phone card which each patron experienced to purchase so that you can enter the Jamworld entertainment center where the event took place, she made no purchases.
“Not even food we don’t purchase given that we have been completely right here this morning… I just cry. There is in no way a day when I don’t cry,” she said, pointing towards the youngster’s feet, which have become disfigured due to his illness.
Grant, who said she was just one parent, told The Sunday Observer she gave up her occupation like a morning care center employee to take care of her son. She experienced no other option, said the woman, a resident of central Village in St Catherine.
According towards the world health Organisation (WHO) website, Dushenne Muscular Dystrophy can be an inherited muscular defect, which final results in quick weakening of muscular tissues due to wasting, and deformities of the feet and legs. It is caused by a defective gene and occurs in approximately a single in every 3,600 male infants. persons impacted through the disease experience progressive difficulty walking, said the website.
Grant wheeled her son to most of the a great deal more than 40 booths on show at the event, hoping someone would offer them some help.
As she do so, thousands of happier kids swarmed the booths or queued up in long lines to obtain on rides and also to purchase food. Some benefited from free haircuts (including Jevan), tooth and healthcare checkups, and psychometric or aptitude testing.
According to Rosemarie Foster, who was there with her four children, the event allowed them a single final opportunity to enjoy their summer time break.
“Because they can occur out and have fun, they can unwind and relax before they go back to school. So it’s great,” said the Gregory playground resident.
“The only thing though, they (LIME) could have experienced a little a great deal more giveaways because you know Jamaicans, we love the freeness,” ongoing Foster before bursting into laughter.
Vanneth Kirlew, who visited with her son and niece, also said the event offered her youngsters a possibility to unwind and relax before college starts.
“I got nearly all of the stuff that i need for college already,” said Kirlew, confessing that she made no buys yesterday by choice.
Kirlew’s niece, Britney, gyrated towards the music which blasted via the venue, in stark contrast to Jevan, who misses his ability to play tennis with his friends.
“It (disease) makes me feel sad. I like playing tennis and I can’t play it again,” he said, bracing himself up in his wheelchair.
The mom and son wandered off to attempt to find a sort Samaritan to help, even since the enormous crowd expanded, a testament towards the popularity of the event which was in it’s 2nd yearly staging.
Manager of company communication at LIME Camille Taylor said there is a noticeable increase with the number of persons who participated with the back-to-school shopping event.
“We are expecting up to 25,000 and it has been a steady stream (of people) coming in, and we expect a great deal more to do so as it moves closer towards the entertainment segment. right now we are probably up to about 10,000 to 15,000,” said Taylor.
“I think this yr we experienced a lot much less work to do in terms of promotion because people now know the concept and exactly what ‘Skool Aid’ is. Also, plenty of mom and dad are expecting it in preparation to the back-to- college season,” she said, praising the cool, cloudy climate to the enormous turnout.
Taylor declined to say how a great deal the telecommunications business spent in putting on the event, but noted that: “It may be a considerable spend, and as you know with any good company citizen it is within your spending budget to give back. It can be an expense in education, providing back to our community,” she said.