- Proceeds from this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) will go towards bolstering initiatives of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI).
- During the breakfast a free-will offering will be collected for the cause.
- Persons may also support the initiative by depositing their pledges at Victoria Mutual Building Society.
Proceeds from this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) will go towards bolstering initiatives of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), particularly its breakfast programme.
Located on Rectory Drive, Brandon Hill, in Montego Bay, the Committee provides assistance to mentally ill homeless persons in and around the area.
During the breakfast, which is scheduled for Thursday, January 16, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, a free-will offering will be collected for the cause.
Persons may also support the initiative by depositing their pledges at Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), account number: 22-684-518.
Speaking at a press conference, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston to launch the event, on Tuesday, January 7, Secretary, National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee (NLPBC), Clyde Edwards, said CUMI was chosen as part of efforts to give more support to mentally challenged individuals.
“The CUMI, headed by a former nurse, takes care of the mentally ill in and around Montego Bay. They have been doing it for many years and they provide about 500 breakfasts per month for the mentally ill,” he noted.
Mr. Edwards explained that the mentally ill persons need to take their medication and they should have a meal for the medication to be effective.
For his part, Chairman, NLPBC, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, emphasised that the Breakfast is an important national initiative, which seeks to bring to the leadership hope and a message that will filter from the breakfast into various avenues across the island.
He informed that other segments have been added to this year’s programme to enhance it. “We have expanded the number of prayers that we will be having at the breakfast. We have also increased the number of visits to the various leaders of this nation. Many persons would not know, but a part of this process of producing this breakfast is just visiting with our leaders and listening to them, having prayers with them, challenging them in some instances and taking away suggestions that they have for nation building,” he added.
Dr. Samuels lauded the VMBS for their support to the initiative for the past 29 years.
The theme for this year’s 34th staging of the NLPB is: ‘Courageous Leadership for Challenging Times’ and will be held under the patronage of Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. Attendance at the breakfast is by invitation only.
The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among the nation’s leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship. The first leadership prayer breakfast was held in January 1981. It arose out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.
Some of the charities and orgnisations that have benefitted from the breakfast include: Muirton Boys’ Home, Glenhope Place of Safety, Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Golden Age Home, Riverton City Development Fund, Ansel Gayle Educational Fund, Western Kingston Project, Jamaica Council of Human Rights, YESS Programme, Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the Homeless, Jamaica Aids Support Committee, Hope for Children Foundation and Food for the Poor.