She Gave Up A Life of Luxury To Help The Less Fortunate

Yvonne Townsend has walked among kings and queens but has never lost the common touch.

Her life, from a very tender age, was about serving people selflessly, skipping the pastime of ‘dolly house’ as a young girl, she spent time helping the less fortunate with domestic duties.

Now founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of the charitable organisation Friends in Need, Townsend has left behind a life a luxury to meet the needs of the homeless, persons living with HIV, abandoned children, abused children, battered women, drop-ins, cancer patients, fire victims, among other underprivileged persons.

“I was able to acquire a lot of things before age 30. I had my two degrees, my land, house, car, visa. I worked as a police officer here in Jamaica before moving to The Cayman Islands, earning the equivalent of J$ 250,000 monthly. I have been the bodyguard for the Prince of Morocco – travelling on his yacht. I guarded Portia Simpson Miller, and list goes on.

She continued: “I have been in the charity for 25 years, and I have never looked back. There is nothing more rewarding than giving back. I have opened up my house to these persons. It is compartmentalised in three sections: the women are to one section, children to one section, and the men are to one section.”

Accepting no cash donations, Townsend relies on the sales from the organisation’s thrift shop to offset expenses.

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