Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott and members of the Olympic team yesterday helped deliver more than 200 food hampers to flood victims in Diego Martin and Carenage.
The Olympians were part of a motorcade organised by the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of the People and Ministry of Sport.
While the motorcade moved with ease through the usually congested streets leading to Diego Martin, Walcott insisted that he stop to visit the St Micheal Boys' School along the Diego Martin Main Road.
He jumped off the 40-foot truck to meet and greet fans, handing out flags to the young boys from the school.
Though police escorts could be heard complaining that any unscheduled stops would throw off the convoy's arrival time, Walcott only went back to the truck after signing autographs and posing for pictures with boys not much younger than himself.
At the first hamper distribution site at the Diego Martin Swimming Pool in Diamond Vale, 200 hampers were distributed to those chosen by local councillors.
While Walcott and the team were expected to symbolically distribute only the first six and let volunteers deliver the rest, he once again gave eager fans what they wanted and stayed to hand out almost all the hampers, posed with lucky fans and signed more autographs.
One fan, nine-year-old Issiah Bentick, produced a printed photograph of Walcott at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and asked for a signature.
Walcott expressed shock, asking the awe-struck Bentick where he got the photograph. When told Bentick's aunt had taken the photo on Wednesday, Walcott shook his head, saying he was still surprised that he had fans.
On the job at hand to give out hampers,Walcott said:
"I don't think I am bringing any ease to the people here. They suffered a big loss and we just helping out."
But while Walcott seemed to prefer staying in the background, the growing crowd could not get enough of him.
"Like they want to eat him?" one elderly man said as Walcott was mobbed as he jumped off the trailer.
Walcott showed no emotion as he was led through the crowd, flanked by police guards. He only flashed a shy smile as he handed out the hampers and interacted with those who left their damaged and destroyed homes to meet a local hero.
"You would think it's Carnival out here," another said.
"We are just happy to get the help we have been getting; yes, of course, we glad that Keshorn here, too, but anybody who saying the Government not helping not going where they supposed to go," one lady said.
Walcott and the convoy left Diego Martin to continue the hamper distribution in the Carenage area.
This though caused a massive traffic pile-up as the two 40-foot truck-and-trailer music trucks, one 40-foot truck and trailer with the athletes and officials, one food truck, one ten-tonne toilet truck, two ambulances and two 50-seater Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) luxury buses made their way through the narrower streets that led to the Carenage Community Centre where more hampers were distributed.