I heard at St. Matthias Church this morning that a 2 year old, Rihanna Alleyne, who attends Sunday school there, has had to be taken to England to receive treatment for a bad liver. A transplant is needed but donors are scarce, so another procedure will be used, hoping that this works well. The family needs 100,000 pounds sterling (the equivalent of B$400,000) to cover the costs. Parishioners have given generously at several collections. However, if everyone in Barbados gave a mere B$2, the cost would be easily covered. If Barbados' more famous Rihanna (Robin Fenty--see official website) offered a small portion of her earnings, I'm sure that would easily make a huge contribution to the needs of the Alleyne family.
I am not a spokesman for either the Alleyne family or for St. Matthias Church, but felt a strong irony when I heard of the needs of little Rihanna Alleyne and thought of the help, which every Barbadian could offer.