Winnings of contracted boledo number donated to Dara Feeding Program
Joel Robinson Jr., also known as Dara, is widely known for his Bob Marley fanaticism. But of late he has become more popularly known in the old capital for his Herculean efforts spearheading the school feeding program at Trinity Methodist School.
For over four years, religiously every day, Dara provided meals for 30 students at the primary school resident in the King’s Park area.
But then Easter of this year disaster struck, and the stove the school utilized was destroyed by fire. And with it, the school feeding program came to a screeching halt.
School officials wanted to wait until September to restart the program.
But in the words of Dara, “When kids are hungry they can’t wait.” And so with the help of his common-law wife Melonie Murray, Dara decided to relocate the kitchen to his house.
And that is where Kremandala stepped in, armed with a novel idea: contract numbers on the nightly lottery and use the earnings to support Dara’s school feeding program.
Kremandala started contracting number 33 on the night of Monday, March 15. Two weeks later and $62 less, lucky 33 played, netting Dara’s feeding program $358.
According to popular Krem TV personality Yaya Marin, who also hosts the nightly drawings of the lottery as the “Boledo Queen,” she is having fun, having fun playing the numbers and helping Dara in his efforts.
“Dah wahn initiative weh Dara di du fi feed children eena ih community and around di city as best as ih cud because ih sih wahn need pahn wahn consistent basis. I think da mi wahn great initiative pahn Kremandala part fi come up wid di idea.
“I enjoy it; I enjoy di run. I enjoy people stop me pahn di street an tel mi how dehn feel bout weh we di du.”
And so thanks to the Kremandala initiative and the steely will of Dara Robinson, the school feeding program at Trinity Methodist School resumed on Tuesday, May 4.
To date, Kremandala’s contribution to Dara’s school feeding program has been $650 – money that Dara and the children at Trinity Methodist are well pleased with.