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  • The Child Development Agency (CDA) is inviting members of the public to bring shoe boxes of gifts for children in state care to the Bless the Children Candlelight Vigil and Concert scheduled for Emancipation Park on Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • The event, organised by the CDA, is being held to commemorate World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
  • CDA is partnering with Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014, Anjell Bryan on her Guardian Anjell Shoe Box Project, which encourages persons to pack shoe boxes with gifts for children in state care.

The Child Development Agency (CDA) is inviting members of the public to bring shoe boxes of gifts for children in state care to the Bless the Children Candlelight Vigil and Concert scheduled for Emancipation Park on Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

The event, organised by the CDA, is being held to commemorate World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

CDA is partnering with Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014, Anjell Bryan on her Guardian Anjell Shoe Box Project, which encourages persons to pack shoe boxes with gifts for children in state care. Persons are being encouraged to donate items such as clothing, books, school supplies, toiletries, games and toys suitable for boys and girls ages zero to 18 years.

“We are asking persons to bring their shoe boxes with gifts to the event, if possible, in support of this project,” Public Relations and Communication Manager at the CDA Prudence Barnes told JIS News.
Miss Barnes said the main objective of the event is to remember those children who have lost their lives to violence. She said the CDA is also seeking to “increase awareness about child abuse, its negative effects and to engage the wider community in the fight to eliminate the scourge.”

The event is taking place at a time when the Agency is celebrating its 10th Anniversary under the theme, “Protecting Children, Transforming Lives, Securing the Future.”

“This is really an occasion for the Agency to reaffirm our commitment to the children of Jamaica while engaging the community to play its part in the effort to protect the nation’s children,” she said.

The event will feature an official opening as well as performances by secular and gospel artistes.

“This year, we will again have on the show favorites like Kevin Downswell and Duane Stephenson. They will be joined by other popular names such as Carlene Davis, Nickeisha Barnes, Rondell Positive, Omari and Droop Lion,” she added.

There will also be performances by a number of schools including, Alpha Boys Band, Harbour View Primary, Lannaman’s Prep, and Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf.

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