SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — It has been a difficult year for Donoy Williams but 2023 just may be better. On Friday he received $500,000 courtesy of the NCB Foundation Grant a Wish Programme. He plans to invest in a chicken farm. It’s a dream he’s had for a while but he didn’t have the money to do it.
In October 2021 Williams lost his right leg after being injured in a traffic mishap. He was behind the wheel of a truck that overturned on Spur Tree Hill in Manchester. His foot was pinned under the vehicle and oil seeped into his torn flesh. After being hospitalised for two months as doctors tried to save his leg, the decision was made to amputate it.
Since then he has struggled to care for his mother and his two children aged nine and three years old.
“Him get frustrated sometime,” his mother, Nadine Smith, told the Jamaica Observer. “So mi fret ’bout him a lot.”
The 51-year-old woman does not have a steady job and she finds it challenging to help provide for her son and grandchildren.
“Sometimes it hard,” she said. “Only God can tell you how we get by some days.”
Williams’ financial woes are made worse by the emotional toll of no longer being able to do one of his favourite things: play football in his community. He is a former member of Strathbogie Football Club.
“I feel a little bit sad when I see the other man dem a pass go play and mi know say mi cyaah guh play ever again,” he said dejectedly.
He has been getting counselling to deal with these emotions. An avid churchgoer, he also gets support from fellow worshippers, friends and other relatives. Their support has motivated him to think of potential revenue streams.
“Just recently, him tell mi say if him did have the money him woulda buy some chicken fi we start a chicken farm,” Smith said. “That would help a lot.”
Now her son has the funds to get started; and he is grateful.
“Before today I was losing hope because I never see a way out,” Williams said. “But thanks to NCB and to everybody who voted for me and the person who nominated me. I really appreciate it.”