We continue to accept donations for Opal Austin – https://www.gofundme.com/Rally4Opal
On December 2, 2015 the JCA held a rally for Ms. Opal Austin to show her community support as well as to raise funds to support her and her family through this difficult time.
Due to overwhelming requests from people who wanted to contribute, but were not able to that evening, we have set up a crowd-funding campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/Rally4Opal
Please give generously and share this link with others in your network. All proceeds from this campaign will go to Ms. Austin and her family.
Opal sent her children to Canada for a better life with their father and step mother, never once imagining that she would never see them again. She took that leap of faith, because with 7 children to raise in a one bedroom shack galvanized by a zinc roof, her options were limited.
As Toronto Star columnist Royson James wrote in his article “Mother mourns her daughter’s ghastly death” (http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2012/04/01/mother_mourns_her_daughters_ghastly_death.html):
“Dirt-poor and desperate, all Opal Austin needed was a little help…
…Who could have imagined that Canadian authorities would soon be telling Austin, 57, that her son had jumped off a Parkdale apartment balcony at age 15; and that her daughter, Melonie, was soon to become the victim in a 1994 “suitcase murder” that police only now solved.”
Opal continues to need assistance to support herself and her family. Since the father of her children and his wife were charged with murder, she has not been able to work and has been plagued with a variety of stress and anxiety induced health challenges.
The funds raised in this campaign will assist Opal in getting the medical care she needs as well as helping her to take care of her family. No donation is too small and all are appreciated.
For more information on how else you can assist, please contact The Consulate General of Jamaica, Toronto