Westmoreland's Bongo Roache hospitalised, seeks support

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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One of Jamaica's popular indigenous certified herbalists/practitioners, Rastafarian Bongo Roache of Westmoreland, is in hospital and requires support.

Roache, who has been practising for close to 40 years and freely offers his wisdom and healing methods to all, fell on December 31 after he stepped on a rock on his farm, lost his balance and fractured his left hip.

He remains in hospital awaiting a date for surgery, which has yet to be decided. According to friends close to him, he has requested private surgery at a competent hospital to immediately address any undue blood clotting trauma or misalignment of his hip, which would impair proper walking. Presently at the Savanna-La-Mar hospital in stable but sometimes painful condition, Bongo requires an implant to repair his hip fracture. After the operation he will require physiotherapy for several weeks to assist him to walk again.

During his convalescence, he will be unable to practice his livelihood, denying his usual income, which comes from planting, reaping and preparing his herbal remedies from his home base and herbal practise at Zimbali Retreat, Canaan Mountain, Westmoreland.

Owner of Zimbali Retreat Mark Swainback, and Sharon Parris Chambers, health and wellness consultant, have both decided to source donations through GoFundMe to assist Bongo Roache.

Parris Chambers recalls her long-time friendship with Roache: “Bongo has been a source of healing, guidance and awareness of I since I managed Time Square Shopping Plaza providing herbal therapies which sustained I. He is the epitome of One Love.”

Bongo attended the Caribbean Health Tourism and Spa conference produced by Parris Chambers and her husband, Theo Chambers, at the former Hilton Kingston Hotel from 2005–2009. The Health Tourism conference was sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and its agencies, assisted by the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and its Wellness Cluster, which opened the way for entrepreneurship through training and development of wellness practitioners to develop natural herbal products for spas, local usage and export. The indigenous healers and wellness practitioners of our culture were the fundamental source of these natural wellness products, which has been a legacy of Jamaican herbs promoted by Dr Diane Robertson, phytotherapist and pharmacist since 1980.

“I don't worry for I man know my Father watches over me” are his favorite words, Chambers remarked about Roache.

The Chambers, in trying to assist Bongo, are requesting donations for his surgical expenses. Those so inclined may visit the following link to access the GoFundMe account:

* or deposit contributions to Let's Do it in the Caribbean Scotia Bank Negril Account# 100419104. *




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