(Jamaica Observer) Bounty Killer returned to his place of birth, Victoria Jubliee Hospital in downtown Kingston, yesterday to give back to the 131-year-old maternal institution.
In a short ceremony, the entertainer, through his Bounty Killer Foundation, handed over a refrigerator, air conditioning unit, and a 100 tins of oil paint which will be shared with the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
“Back inna di days, my mother was a poor woman, so this is where she come and she laid and had me, and I have no qualms with it,” Killer told the Jamaica Observer.
“We a ghetto people so this is my hospital, and then I got shot at the age of 16 and KPH is where they bought me and they did a fine job; I never had one complication after my surgery. So, as a poor hospital like this that get less support, and they did a fine job on me and mek I become a superstar, I have to send back some of my continuous contributions,” he continued.
Bounty Killer, along with members of his team, also helped in painting outside the Victoria Jubliee Hospital as part of their Labour Day project.
The dancehall deejay also highlighted the positive work other entertainers were playing in nation-building. He singled out Bugle, Iba Mahr, Marion Hall and Konshens, and encouraged more people to get involved.
Bounty Killer shared future plans of the foundation.
“This is one of the few projects that we starting off the foundation with. So we started from hospital, then I think I want to go to sports or education — those are my entities that I looking into,” he said. “I’m done in entertainment already. I’m helping artistes constantly. Entertainment, sports, education and health — those are the sectors the Bounty foundation targeting.”
Colleen Wright, acting CEO of Victoria Jubliee and Kingston Public hospitals, shared how the donations will be useful.
“It will help us to improve the service that we offer to our clients because the paint will improve the aesthetic of the building and indeed of the surroundings. The refrigerator will improve the working conditions of staff on the labour ward, and they also got an AC from him too that will enhance the working conditions of the staff and the service that we offer to the clients as they will be in a more salubrious condition. Those resources that we would have used to procure those items, we can use them in other ways to improve the service that we are offering,” she said.
This is not Bounty Killer’s first donation to the West Kingston-based facility. In February he donated 63 beds and mattresses to KPH.
Bounty Killer (given name Rodney Pryce) is known for his hard hitting songs, including Fed Up and Look.