Brighter days for Lloyd Noicley
BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor- special assignment firstname.lastname@example.org
DOUBLE amputee 77-year-old Lloyd Noicley said Jamaica Observer readers have made his life the happiest it has ever been, as they continue to brighten his days both with their financial support and their visits.
Noicley's plight was first highlighted in the Observer on April 28, 2014 after he was struck from the list of beneficiaries under Government's social welfare system, the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).
The senior citizen, who has done everything for himself since his legs were amputated, was left to survive only on the measly $2,800 he receives as pension from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) each fortnight.
But his moment of desperation has since turned to joy and an even greater admiration for his fellow Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, who continue to reach out to help him.
The latest person to bring cheer to the senior citizen is Hensley Cameron who not only set about soliciting donations on Facebook but travelled from Montego Bay to St Thomas to meet the man whose indomitable spirit, he said, continues to inspire many.
"It is such a joy to meet him because he is just so full of life," Cameron told the Observer North East, after he finished teaching Noicley to manoeuvre a motorised scooter which Food For the Poor had donated.
Cameron said so touched was he by the story when it was shared on his Facebook page that he knew he had to help. He said he was particularly taken aback by the fact that Noicley could have been removed from PATH given that he was obviously in need of this social intervention.
Having just concluded a similar fund-raiser for members of the bobsled team as well as the Mushin Mon Newton Marshall who represented Jamaica in Canada and Alaska in the sled dog race, Cameron immediately utilised the social media network to get persons to make online donation through Paypal.
After receiving the donations, Hensley said he wanted to personally meet Noicley and hand over the money and made arrangements to do so on his next visit home to Jamaica.
"I just wish we had even more money to give him," he said, even as he thanked all the persons who made donations.
Efforts are also now being made to assist Noicley in opening a bank account.
Guy Scott, who drove Cameron to see Noicley, said he, too, was touched by the story and was more than willing to make the trip.
"It is good to see we can help an elderly statesman to live his life joyfully," he said.
Noicley, who was overwhelmed by the recent attention, said he will forever be grateful to all those who have reached out to him.
"I am just so thankful because I never have nutten and you help me and ah just pray everyday for each and everyone," said a tearful Noicley.
He was also particularly grateful for the assistance from one of the Observer readers, Winston Blake, a Jamaican living in South Florida.
According to Noicley, he was down to his last morsel a few weeks ago when he received some money in the mail from Blake. He said he was immediately able to purchase food and other necessary items.
"I just want to tell him thanks and let him know how much I appreciate it and how I appreciate him and I ask God to bless him always," he said.