By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Despite not having a home of his own since the 2017 hurricanes, Allington ‘Gumption’ Creque has raised more than $40,000 to rebuild the home of an elderly man on Virgin Gorda.
Speaking to BVI News on Sunday, Creque said he sprang into action when he witnessed the concerningly dilapidated condition of the home of Anderson ‘Andy’ Hamm of North Sound, Virgin Gorda.
“He was living in a place you shouldn’t even keep your dog so I said, ‘this is not acceptable’,” Creque stated.
“The day when it (works to the elderly man’s home) started was his birthday so that was like a new beginning for him. He is just someone who mistakenly got left behind. There were a few people from different organisations who visited him and just kept on promising but they never showed up.”
Using his social media influence, Creque generated support from roughly 60 persons who donated approximately $20,100. He also got help from other private donors such as the Ministry of Health & Social Development and Ninth District Representative, Vincent Wheatley.
“We raised over $40,000 and the house will be completed very, very soon,” an elated Creque told BVI News.
The old, unstable two-bedroom structure has been demolished and reconstruction started in earnest roughly three months ago.
I have no home
While championing efforts to restore the elderly man’s home, the altruistic Creque is yet to find a home for himself.
“I still don’t have a place of my own and I have been staying in people’s houses since the hurricanes. But I see him (Mr Hamm whose home is being rebuilt)) as somebody that nobody is going to take seriously and just keep on promising,” Crequed said.
“But God is just using me in ways that he wants. It’s a fuzzy kind of feeling and it’s beautiful at the same time,” he added.
This latest act of kindness and philanthropy is not the first time that Creque — the owner of ‘Sea It Clear Glass Bottom Tours’ — has sacrificed himself to assist persons in his community.
Immediately following the hurricanes, some of his loyal customers raised some $23,000 through GoFundMe to repair his boat that was damaged during Irma.
However, with the permission of those said customers, Creque instead used the donation to purchase food, generators, and school supplies for the needy.
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