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In its effort to promote healthy lifestyles, the Ministry of Health, in association with the Social Development Commission (SDC), will be hosting a one-day ‘Community Sport and Talent Extravaganza’in the parishes of Kingston and St. Thomas this weekend (August 20 and 21).
“Due to the recognition that something needed to be done regarding the matter of at risk youth and healthy lifestyles, we felt it was a good opportunity to partner with the Ministry of Health in this event to promote community development and empowerment,” Richard Jones, Field Service Manager at the SDC told JIS News.
He said that due to the enormous strain being placed on the health system by the high incidence of violence, teen pregnancies and the spread of HIV/AIDS affecting youth, the event would give the Ministry and the SDC the opportunity to carry out necessary public education seminars.
“Ministry of Health officials will be on hand to answer and deliver information on healthy lifestyle in its various forms as well as to give out brochures and other information, so people can leave with more information in relation to healthy lifestyles,” the Manager explained.
York sport complex in St Thomas and the University of Technology (UTech) in Kingston will be the venues for the event on Saturday (August 20) and Sunday (August 21), respectively. Some 40 communities from both parishes will be participating with over 140 community teams competing in six-a-side football, netball, three-on-three basketball and dominoes.
The teams will be competing for cash prizes and trophies, and entertainment will be community oriented with performances from community deejays, singers and dancers and a special performance by teenage sensation, Shane-O.
The event is the first of its kind being hosted by the Ministry and the SDC and Mr. Jones noted that it could become an annual event.
“It will be successful, come out in your numbers. We want as many persons to come out and support the event. It promises to be an exciting affair,” he urged.