The proceeds of this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), scheduled for January 20,will benefit children of a St. Ann family suffering from a neurodegenerative disorder.
The targeted family, the Menzies, consists of three children aged nine, five and four. Neurodegenerative disorders are a diverse group of rare diseases (including Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s), which cause progressive loss of speech, hearing, vision, intellect and strength.
Secretary of the NLPB Committee, Bishop Stanley Clarke, speaking at Tuesday’s (January 11) press launch at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, explained that the money will assist with medical expenses, as doctors try to determine the cause of the illness.
“Although there are various and varying needs with children across the island, here is one family with three children from the same family with a medical puzzle. We are planning to use the offering this year to give them,” he said.
He also stated that individuals may contribute to an account at the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS). The account number is 22684518. Companies can write a cheque payable to the Committee, indicating that it is for project 2011.
The 31st annual NLPB, slated for Jamaica Pegasus, will be held under the theme: ‘Honour the Trust’. Highlighting the significance of the theme, President and Chief Executive Officer of VMBS, Richard Powell, said it is fitting, as a general lack of trust is a major impediment to national development.
Chairman, of the NLPB Committee, Rev. Dr. Peter Garth, explained 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 boardrooms and various places.
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.
Since January, 1981, the breakfast has fostered greater unity in the nation, particularly among the leaders. In recent times, attention has also focussed on the crime problem. This year’s NLPB will be sponsored by the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), which has supported the event over the past 20 years.
Charities that have benefitted include: Eventide Home (now Golden Age Home), Riverton City Development Fund, the Ansel Gayle Educational Fund, Western Kingston Project and the Jamaica Council of Human Rights, YESS Programme, the Marie Atkins Night Shelter for the Homeless, Jamaica Aids Support Committee, Hope for Children Foundation and Food for the Poor.
Others include Tredegar Correctional Services Facility, the Build Jamaica Foundation, the Police Convalescent Home, the Peace Management Initiative and Mustard Seed Communities, the Hear the Children’s Cry and the Haiti Relief Fund.