Sunday 23 February, 2020

Wata donates laptop, wheelchair in Christmas Wishlist Campaign

On Friday, January 10, 2019, two lucky recipients received their wishes of a laptop and a wheelchair from Wata brand representatives who travelled to separate locations in Whitehall, St Thomas and Denham Town in Kingston.

On Friday, January 10, 2019, two lucky recipients received their wishes of a laptop and a wheelchair from Wata brand representatives who travelled to separate locations in Whitehall, St Thomas and Denham Town in Kingston.

Beverage brand Wata, last December, invited persons to share their Christmas Wishlist on social media and provided them with the opportunity of fulfilling these wishes.

On Friday, January 10, 2019, two lucky recipients received their wishes of a laptop and a wheelchair from brand representatives who travelled to separate locations in Whitehall, St Thomas and Denham Town in Kingston, in order to make the recipients’ wishes come true.

The Wata Christmas Wishlist was borne out of the desire to give back to Jamaicans. The Christmas season was deemed as the perfect period to provide such an opportunity.

Marketing Coordinator at Wata, Tiffany Simmonds gave her thoughts on this initiative. “We really believe that Jamaica is ‘The Land of Good, and WATA’, and what better way to promote good among our citizens than to do good through the brand,” Simmonds shared.

“Our hearts were warmed at learning of their stories through the Instagram and Facebook submissions. The wishes for the laptop and wheelchair really stood out the most. We loved one recipient’s commitment to education and the other recipient’s desire to do something on behalf of someone else”, Simmonds continued.

Thirteen-year-old Nikyra Pearce is gifted a laptop, wished for by her sister, WATA Christmas Wishlist recipient, fourteen-year-old Chrishelle Williams, by Marketing Coordinator at WATA, Tiffany Simmonds on Friday, January 10, 2019 in Whitehall St Thomas.

Fourteen-year-old Chrishelle Williams quickly took the chance and shared her own reasons for making her wish “I really need a laptop. I have always worked hard in my school work and sometimes travelling back and forth to the library became really hard for me. We would get home so late at night and Whitehall taxis were hard for us to get. My mother is a single mother of three so I know she cannot afford a laptop now. I just wanted the chance to complete my School-Based Assessments (SBAs) as best as possible and seeing the Wata Wishlist on Instagram, I just had to enter,” Chrishelle shared.

Recipient of the wheelchair, 28-year-old Lottonya Blake, who is also a mother of two, wanted nothing more than to see her disabled uncle, Francis Bethune receive some sense of mobility.

“My uncle was selfless enough to take me off the sidewalk at the age of three and raise me to be the woman I am. I wanted to do my part in showing how much I appreciate it. Since his stroke, he has had difficulty walking and cannot attend his clinic appointments to get his prescriptions, so the Wata Wishlist was a chance for me to be selfless and make him glad.” Blake said.

WATA Christmas Wishlist winner, Lottoyna Blake, looks at her disabled uncle, Francis Bethune, in admiration as he sits in his newly gifted wheelchair for the first time on Friday, January 10, 2019 in Denham Town, Kingston. 

The beneficiary of the wheelchair, Francis Bethune, who is also diabetic and hypertensive, has not had access to medication for several months now. “I have been crippled since 2001, and for Wata to provide this chance for my niece, Lottanya, to have her wish granted, I am so grateful.

I am even more grateful to my niece that she would have one wish, and would think of me. I have no children of my own and it’s good to know she has this great amount of love for me. Now I finally have a way to get to the clinic, get my prescription so I can get my medication,” Bethune said.

Wata said it remains committed to promoting the message of doing good among Jamaicans. “We received such an outpouring of requests and we want to make more people happy. Our followers can be sure to look out for more opportunities from Wata,” Simmonds shared.

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