Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Mother loses 3rd son, Combermere rallies round her

Appeal page on TicketLinkz for Elaine

Appeal page on TicketLinkz for Elaine

When Gloria Elaine Arthur lost her third son in a road accident recently and said she does not have the money to make his funeral arrangements, Combermere Old Scholars were spurred into action to help.

The past Combermerians quickly answered the unasked question, by creating an appeal and making donations towards the burial fees.

Referred to as 'Elaine' by Combermerians, she was a food vendor at the University of Waterford and according to old scholar Erin Small, “Basically she fed all of us. She believed we were all hers. She's Elaine. She was as Combermerian as any of us and we knew immediately when we saw the article that we had to do something to help.”

Small, Maralyn Smith and Ryan Straughn are trying to raise these funds along with their fellow Combermerians.

She said, “A guy who has a small funeral service has offered to deal with it for her for a super duper discounted rate of $5 500, so that’s what we're trying to raise.

“Ryan Brathwaite has opened his ticketing site for our use too and that’s where the collection is being done.”

Brathwaite, CEO of TicketLinkz, who is also a Combermere Old Scholar said getting on board and lending his services was a no-brainer.

“Naturally, when I saw the story the gears in my mind started turning as to how I could help Elaine. Elaine's food van was a fixture at Combermere for the time I was there so like any other Combermerian the automatic response was to find a way to help her. I also monitored the responses on the Combermere Facebook group and recognized that persons were appealing for avenues to donate.

“Given that I have an e-commerce facility at my disposal and doubled with the fact that I have provided this service for similar charitable drives, the next step was to get in contact with whoever had taken the lead on the Elaine issue and inform them that there was a service available that we could utilize to gather donations and assist Elaine in her time of need.

“We, TicketLinkz, have made a name for ourselves by providing our services for social events, however, there is a charitable dimension at the disposal of those persons who genuinely require assistance, we are willing to help.”

TicketLinkz provided this service for the Ramona Griffith appeal earlier this year, and they are also currently driving an appeal for Dawn Drayton, who suffers with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

To date in relation to donations collected for Elaine, Brathwaite reported, “Donations are coming in moderately. We’re hoping to collect at least $6 000 by this weekend. We have to get awareness out there so persons know that there is an avenue to help.”

Small too said that they are getting “all amazingly positive responses” and added, “now we're waiting to hear from her and the guy at the funeral home to hear what date she's looking at to have the funeral.”

Elaine’s son David Ronnie Arthur was 49-years-old. He was one of five. The pedal cyclist of Stadium Road, Bush Hall, St. Michael, was involved in a collision with a motor truck sometime around 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 7, 2017. The accident occurred along Bank Hall Main Road, St. Michael. 

He suffered head injuries and was transported to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) by ambulance for medical treatment. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries on three days later, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

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