Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has endorsed the Westmoreland Ministers Fraternal’s 'AIDS Support Ministry’, and called on Jamaicans to support the project, which is aimed at improving the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and increasing their access to appropriate care.
He was speaking at the 20th Annual National Prayer Vigil, which was held at the Wesley Methodist Church in Savanna-La-Mar, Westmoreland, on Sunday night (December 9). The vigil was held under the theme: ‘Justice, Unity, Peace and Healing’.
“In our response to the call to be our brother’s keeper, I am pleased that the beneficiary of tonight's offering will be the Westmoreland Ministers Fraternal’s ‘AIDS Support Ministry’. The decision to assist this project is timely, given that on
December 1, we commemorated World AIDS Day. Your generosity will be a positive and tangible indication of your care and concern for the victims of that dreaded disease,” the Governor-General told the hundreds of persons who attended the vigil.
He pointed out that their support was a demonstration of their commitment to end the stigma and marginalisation that many victims of HIV/AIDS have to endure in the society.
"Let us pattern Christ who reached out to touch and heal all those who were stigmatised and marginalised. Let us encourage each other to become a more caring people, who are sensitive to the needs of others, especially those who are vulnerable,” the Governor-General urged.
He said that no longer could citizens afford to be mere spectators who were placing the responsibility of achieving justice, peace, unity and healing in the society solely on the shoulders of political leaders, captains of industry, teachers and principals as well as pastors.
“Each of us must recognise our significant role in the process of nation building … We must do something. If we perceive Jamaica’s journey towards economic growth and development as a relay, then we must accept the baton which has been passed to us and run our leg with all our might and with pride and confidence. This is where God has planted us and this is where we must bloom,” the Governor-General said.