This rat has tormented me for many nights. Hiding in the shadows, waiting to jump out at the last minute with his mischievous grin. He isn't tormenting because he is nasty. No. It's because he is a scary reminder of how nasty we are.
The other night I was in New Kingston and I literally thought the rat union was out to get me. I stepped out of an establishment and a rat frightened by a security guard chose to literally run across my feet. Not in front of, not near, literally on and across my feet. This rat was heavy and had power, because it felt like a dog ran across my feet. I am sure I broke a toe.
Needless to say, those shoes are currently soaking in a vat of bleach. The rats in New Kingston are as comfortable there as tarmac on the streets. They have been a permanent fixture since the 90's. It's bad that they are in an area where people eat, but imagine how many of them are lurking in our gullies, and rivers because of the garbage we throw on the roads that get washed away. That's your drinking water, cooking water, washing water, bathing water.
These PSA's are meant to be humorous to capture your attention, but there is serious symbolism behind each scene and each element at the same time. The chicken floating in the river and ending up in the gully. Remember the reports in the news about the meat vendors were finding in gullies and rivers that are washed off and resold in the market?
Yeah! Quite highly disturbing. Please. Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica. Please! Don't do it.
New York based author Tilsa Wright donates half of a million dollars to her alumni’s cricket team in association with her book promotion.
The main character in her trilogy book series “Star Boy” plays cricket, which gives added reason to give back. This is just the beginning of a step in the right direction.
William Watson, the President of the Camperdown Alumni Association _ “The school needs funding in every area and Cricket is one that receives very little support. Needless to say The Cricket team was overjoyed. The funds will be disbursed through the alumni after discussions with the school determines how best to use it. There are talks of installing nets which will widen the range of techniques they can drill giving a whole new strength to their arsenal and competitiveness.”
Tilsa Wright - "It is an honor to give back to an institution that has shaped so many lives. To the young cricketers, I urge you to appreciate the value and pride of this sport. Cricket is not about hype, it is a sport that demands a great deal of discipline and undivided commitment. Moving forward I will try my best to add moral value and encouragement to you, from experts in the business and a respectable mentor if possible. Stay motivated and focus, because I firmly believe the next Brian Lara is among you!”
Wright plans to donate to two more schools in the Caribbean region in 2016.
"I have gotten support from Trinidadians and Barbadians here in the USA, and one of the things I have learned is to give back to those who truly support you."
Cricket is the Caribbean’s favorite pass time and in fact is one of the few times the Caribbean truly shows unity. Camperdown is located in Rollington Town off Winward Road.
Tilsa Wright has also produced an animation based on her book series and is currently in pre-production of an upcoming movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njgY6bGNNXY
I am a Filmmaker, Animator and Writer. I love telling stories and making them come true. You will see me on the big screen soon enough.