Earthquake-ravaged Haiti as well as the charity ‘Hear the Children’s Cry’ will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), which will be held on January 21.
Secretary of the NLPB Committee, Bishop Stanley Clarke, speaking at today’s (January 15) press launch held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, explained that “with the recent situation in Haiti, the considered view of members of the committee, outside of a formal setting, is that we should focus on Haiti.”
“It is devastating to just look at the pictures and to hear of what has happened there to our friends and neighbours there in Haiti,” he stated.
Vice Chairman of the NLPB, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, in the meantime, stated that it is out of the church’s concern about the spate of missing children in Jamaica that ‘Hear the Children’s Cry’ was also chosen to benefit from the event.
Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) Committee, Bishop Stanley Clarke, gives his remarks during the launch of the NLPB at the Pegasus Hotel today (Jan. 15).
“Right now, we are missing children on a monthly basis… about 100 per month and that is very significant and serious. The Hear the Children Cry organisation focuses a lot of its attention on missing children and facilitating the process of finding them,” Rev. Dr. Samuels stated.
The 30th annual NLPB, slated for Jamaica Pegasus, will be held under the theme: ‘With God, we will overcome’.Chairman, of the NLPB, Rev. Dr. Peter Garth, explained that the theme was chosen as “many of our leaders at this time need a word of encouragement.”
“As we have said in the past, we believe that when we gather our leaders at the beginning of the year, the message that we echo on the day of the breakfast, it is hoped that, that message will filter into boardrooms and into communities and will make a significant change,” Rev. Dr. Garth said.
This year’s NLPB will be sponsored by Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), which has supported the event over the last 20 years.
Vice President, Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), Vivienne Bayley-Hay (2nd right), has the attention of (from left) Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB) Committee, Bishop Stanley Clarke; Chairman, Rev. Dr. Peter Garth; and Senior Vice President, Group Risk and Compliance, VMBS, Noel Hann. They were at the launch of the NLPB at the Pegasus Hotel today (Jan. 15).
Dignitaries from the public and private sectors as well from the church are expected to attend the event, which will be led by Governor-General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir. Patrick Allen, and will include Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, and Leader of the Opposition, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller.
Senior Vice President, Group Risk and Compliance, VMBS, Noel Hann, stated that the NLPB is an important national initiative.
“We take seriously, our responsibility, to play our part in contributing not only to the financial well-being of our country, but also to its physical and spiritual needs. We believe that as corporate citizens it is essential that we provide support for the leaders of our nation, as without collective effort, we cannot overcome the challenges that we face,” Mr. Hann said.
Since January 1981, the breakfast has been held to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among the nation’s leaders. In recent times, attention has also been focussed on the country’s crime problem.