FLOW as­sists 10-year-old rob­bery vic­tim

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRE WIL­LIAMS STAR Writer

The FLOW Foun­da­tion, af­ter read­ing the news story ‘10-year-old robbed on his way to school’, pub­lished in THE STAR on De­cem­ber 1, has come to the as­sis­tance of the stu­dent in­volved.

The child, who is a grade-five stu­dent of Ex­cel­sior Pri­mary, was mak­ing his way to school on Novem­ber 30, when he was ap­proached by a man on a bi­cy­cle, who robbed him of his cell phone and other valu­ables.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 6:30 a.m., a few me­tres from the school.

Errol Miller, ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of FLOW Foun­da­tion, reached out to our news team and im­me­di­ate con­tact was made with Novelette Smith-Rick­ets, the child’s mother.

SEV­ERAL STO­RIES

“This case par­tic­u­larly touches my heart. There are sev­eral sto­ries like this over re­cent times, and we at FLOW Foun­da­tion felt the need to make a dif­fer­ence, so we de­cided that we would help,” Miller told THE WEEK­END STAR,

When asked by THE WEEK­END STAR what could be the pos­si­ble an­swer for vi­o­lence against our na­tion’s chil­dren, Miller said that those or­deals are just sim­ply painful and heart-rend­ing.

“It’s just hard to un­der­stand why adults would prey on a help­less, de­fence­less child,” Miller said.

The boy re­ceived a new school bag, re­place­ment phone from FLOW, and the foun­da­tion also con­tacted other en­ti­ties that came on board to help with the ini­tia­tive.

DUR­ING THE IN­CI­DENT

The young man’s books and read­ing glasses were also stolen dur­ing the in­ci­dent. With the help of Kingston Book­shop those books have been re­placed, and he was out­fit­ted with a new pair of glasses from Eye­land Eyewear.

Smith-Rick­ets told THE WEEK­END STAR that she was very grate­ful for FLOW’s ges­ture.

“I am grate­ful. It came at a time of need. Supreme Ven­tures also made an of­fer, but FLOW had al­ready an­swered the call,” she said.

Smith-Rick­ets also said her son was feel­ing bet­ter since the or­deal, how­ever, she now takes him to school as a pre­cau­tion.

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