The world still has some good peo­ple

Jamaica Gleaner - - KELLY’S WORLD - Link me at daviot.kelly@glean­erjm.com

WHEN EV­ERY­THING that can go wrong does go wrong (and it al­ways seems to), it’s al­ways great to have a Good Sa­mar­i­tan around.

Now, the Jamaican bob­sled team had a lit­tle mishap the other day on their way to Cal­gary (yep, they were in Canada) for an event (they’re try­ing to get to the 2018 Win­ter Olympics). The van they were us­ing de­cide say it nah go nuh fur­ther. Just stop braaps pon di man dem! But along comes Cana­dian David Sch­n­erch, who tried to give the team a jump-start with his booster ca­bles. Would the ve­hi­cle budge? Nope. So Sch­n­erch just drive dem to Cal­gary him­self.

Hold on, it gets bet­ter. Af­ter mak­ing it to their race, the team had to travel to an­other town in an­other province. Based on what Google tells me, that trip was a 10-hour-plus, nearly 1,000kilo­me­tre drive. Re­mem­ber now, di van nah work. So Sch­n­erch just tek di good neigh­bour thing to an­other level and promptly lend di man dem fi him own ve­hi­cle. Any­way, af­ter the quirky road trip made the news, a team spokesper­son said a lo­cal car-rental agency do­nated some cash and a van so they could get to their next race.

Now look at dat, eeh? Sto­ries like this warm my (at times icy) heart. It’s kinda how you en­vi­sioned peo­ple should treat each other when you were grow­ing up.

Too bad that isn’t the case, es­pe­cially these days. This bredda coulda just kept his head straight while driv­ing and gone about his busi­ness. And no­body could have blamed him.

CAU­TION

In this day and age, you can’t be too care­ful, re­gard­less of the age, race, or gen­der of the peo­ple seem­ingly in dis­tress. How many times have we heard of per­sons who were try­ing to help what they thought was a cri­sis, only to be held up and robbed, or worse? David Sch­n­erch, you are of­fi­cially the boss! Any time you a touch Ja­maica side, I hope the bob­sled team takes you out and show you the sights (although it sounds like dem pocket not so deep).

And that’s my next is­sue. I get it that we can’t fund ev­ery na­tional sports pro­gramme ad­e­quately. I get it. But dem ting deh look bad. The team is work­ing hard to make it to the Olympics, and while I get that this is no easy feat, and that suc­cess only comes from hard work and sac­ri­fice, it nuh sup­posed to be this hard. The spokesper­son said they are on a shoe­string bud­get. Well, I get that but, man, it just sounds like they got the worst van in the car lot. Or maybe dem did just salt. Maybe the van was work­ing good good be­fore it de­cide say it nah bodda.

A GoFundMe ac­count (I need one my­self) was launched af­ter the team tweeted about its mishap, so peo­ple a try help out. I hope af­ter all this we see the team a march out when the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 2018 Win­ter Olympics be­gin in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

KELLY

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