Paying it forward - Reggae Boy Alvas Powell aids St Thomas resident in battle to save her sight

August 11, 2020
Jamaica’s Alvas Powell attempts to go past Guyana’s Trayon Bobb during a Concacaf Nations League match at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Novembert 18, 2019.
Jamaica’s Alvas Powell attempts to go past Guyana’s Trayon Bobb during a Concacaf Nations League match at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on Novembert 18, 2019.

National defender and St Thomas native Alvas Powell is doing his part to help restore the eyesight of a fellow resident.

Powell recently donated $100,000 towards the medical bills of Lorraine Telfer, a 37-year-old horticulturist from Yallahs. She requires surgery to correct a problem developed from her diabetic condition, which is affecting her eyesight. In a video plea for assistance, Telfer said that the original cost to the the surgery amounted to $1.25 million and stated that she has no health insurance to subsidise the cost. A special arrangement was made for the operation, set for this weekend, to be done at a discounted cost of $500,000. It is an amount that she says she desperately needs, to prevent her from going blind.

"At this present moment I am unable to see," Telfer said. "I am only glimpsing. Without the surgery, I will be blind, fully."

Telfer pleaded for support to not only save her sight, but also to help her to be self-sufficient.

"I am just asking out there for help," she said tearfully. "Who out there can help, please contribute to get this $500,000 by now and weekend so I can do the surgery, because I really want back my eyesight to do my work. I don't want to sit and depend on anybody."

Powell hopes that others may be led to also assist Telfer.

"I wish her nothing but the best, and I hope that more people can see this video and come on board to help her," he said.

Persons who are able to help Telfer are asked to call 876-355-7354.

- D.W.

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