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A 'Bounty-ful' contribution

By Aaliyah Cunningham
Observer writer
aaliyahc@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, May 24, 2019

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For the second year in a row, Bounty Killer, through his foundation of the same name, made donations to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital as part of his Labour for Love project.

This year's contribution came in the form of 80 gallons of paint, two air-conditioning units, 20 cases of water, 10 cases of diapers, and 300 lunches for the volunteers and staff at both hospitals.

Flanked by other members of the entertainment industry, including American recording artiste and reality TV star Safaree and dancehall artiste Stacious, Bounty Killer said his Labour Day donation to both hospitals is to become an annual affair.

“I will be here every year!” he told the Jamaica Observer's Splash. “It nuh must be painting 'cause after a while we go end up painting everywhere until painting nuh needed anymore, but this is a tradition we want to set,” said the dancehall deejay.

Bounty Killer said he has to give back to KPH and Victoria Jubilee due to his connection with the institutions.

“I told the world enuh, I was shot at age 16 and I came here. This is where my life was saved. They took very good care of me, I never had no complications. I was born at Victoria Jubilee Hospital. I am ghetto boy, this is the public hospital in Kingston, and this is where ghetto people come. Most poor people, anything happen to you, you come to the public hospital, and I am a ghetto boy and I was saved at this hospital so it just mek a lot of sense to me to make sure help them and do what I can to support,” he said.

Safaree, who stars in the American reality series Love & Hip Hop, expressed why it was important to him to be a part of the project.

“When I saw him (Bounty Killer) promoting it. I called him and said I wanted to be a part of it. I asked him how, he said they needed air conditioners so I donated an air-conditioner. I feel like giving back is probably the most important part of being a successful entertainer , if you can't give back to the people that support you, then it don't even make no sense,” he said.

Bounty Killer, along with his team members, also participated in painting a section of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

Wentworth Charles, chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, commended Bounty Killer on his good deed.

“Bounty Killer, over the years, has demonstrated level of commitment that would boggle the imagination. He was born at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, and he has never forgot that fact. Year after year he comes here to present to us gifts that the patients will use and benefit from. We really thank him for the commitment and the sacrifice he is making in his support of this institution and we want to use the opportunity to wish him long life and good health,” he said. Last year February, the dancehall deejay donated 63 beds and mattresses to the institution. It was the first project under his Bounty Killer Foundation.

For his 2018 Labour Day project, he donated a refrigerator, air-conditioning unit, and tins of oil paint to Victoria Jubliee Hospital. He and members of his team also helped paint its exterior.

Bounty Killer (given name Rodney Pryce) encouraged all Jamaicans to give back to public institutions.

“If you don't have monetary or material stuff, you can volunteer your physical service. You can use a paint brush, something, it's not money alone. We want everybody to know, you can join the Bounty Killer Foundation, if you have a $1,000, you have a paint brush or you have a tin of paint, you can contribute. Contribution doesn't mean you have or you rich, it just means you are giving something and that's what counts,” he added.


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