An initiative to ensure that vulnerable families affected by COVID-19 have protein on their plates spilled into the city district of Chapman Lane, St Michael yesterday. This time it was fish boner Shane Snuffy Joseph who wanted to give back to those with whom he had grown up, and continued to live among.
Hailing from 3rd Avenue Chapman Lane, Mr Joseph explained that he became involved in the fishing industry about three years ago after accepting an invitation from his mother to assist her with cleaning fish at the Bridgetown Fishing Complex.
“It feels real good to come to my neighbourhood and be able to give out some fish to the elderly. I feel real proud,” he said.
He explained that COVID-19 had not affected his household, as they were all employed in the fishing industry. Mr Joseph said that his father usually went out on the boat, while his mother was a fish boner.
“One day, I went to help her and fell in love with it. This is now three years that I was working in the fish market,” he said, as he distributed fish accompanied by fisherman and boat captain Everton Brathwaite and Mr Brathwaite’s brother Donville Brathwaite.
One recipient of fish, Brenda Hinkson, thanked the fishermen for their efforts, noting that it would go a long way in feeding her household, which comprised six children and three adults.
Similar sentiments were echoed by 74-year-old Celia Hinds, who noted that her household comprised four children and three adults, one of whom was laid off as a result of the restrictions imposed under the COVID-19 Curfew Directive.
“I feel the fisherfolk are doing a good job, and I hope that they all stay safe,” she said. (BGIS)
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