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Help from Golden Grove Mews gives hope

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Dear Editor,I just would like to express my sincerest thank you to the community of Golden Grove Mews in the parish of St Thomas.

We will all remember the rains of Tuesday, May 16, 2017 and the amount of water pouring from the sky. That day a group of five Swiss tourists was travelling along the south-east coast from Kingston to Port Antonio when the vehicle got stuck in water. The water was at the windows of the sport utility vehicle. The car was flooded inside immediately, leaving the group, including an 82-year-old great-grandmother, stranded with no way of getting out of the car, which by now had stalled. They must have felt like they were sitting in a full bath tube in the middle of the ocean.

Well, we all know that in Jamaica helping hands sometimes, or a few too many, are never too far away and help from the residents nearby was on the scene quickly and the car was pulled out to safety and the group could start to dry off a little.

But what happened then, I believe, is worthy to be noted. Quickly they arranged a ride for the ladies and the great-grandmother to their community of Golden Grove Mews, where in the meantime an entire house was set up, not just to host the stranded group for a change of clothes, but they also were invited to stay for the entire night.

The display of thoughtfulness, politeness and hospitality of this community makes me a very proud citizen of Jamaica, especially in this time when bad news overshadows the good news.

Big up to all residents of Golden Grove Mews who helped those stranded tourists from Switzerland!

Ueli Bangerter

Honorary Consul General of Switzerland

ueli@swissstoresjamaica.com

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