JIS News

Peace Day will be observed tomorrow (March 7), and as part of its activities, the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) and Peace and Love in Society (PALS) will host a Peace Day concert at the August Town Primary School.
August Town Primary, like many other schools, is a member of the PALS programme and the Community Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), which is spearheaded by the Ministry of National Security and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank.
General Manager of PALS, Janilee Abrikian, in an interview with JIS News, noted that the event was being held at the school, “partly as a reward for their efforts in the process of peace building and to reward peace makers”. She added that they were also being recognized for their “involvement with the PALS programme and as a result of the work by the CSJP, which are main sponsors of the event”.
The concert will commence at 7:45 a.m. and will include the Jamaica Constabulary Force Band as well as performers, such as Natty King, Voice Mail, Gem Myers and Fab Five, among others. Fae Ellington and Owen ‘Blacka’ Ellis will conduct the morning’s proceedings.
Other Peace Day activities will take place in the Flankers community in St. James, as well as marches in Kingston. The day will come to a close with another concert at the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) western parking lot on the Kingston Waterfront starting at 6:00 p.m.
Chairman of the VPA, Professor Barry Chevannes said the concert would be the “gathering place” for Corporate Area communities.

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