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The Values and Attitudes steering committee will launch its ‘Respect for Life’ campaign tomorrow (May 31) at the Bethel Apostolic Church, 13 Fernleigh Avenue May Pen, Clarendon. The launch will be held under the theme: ‘I respect Life’.
Convener of the Respect for Life project, Winnie Anderson Brown, told JIS News that the launch came out of the need to instill a renewed respect for life among Jamaicans. She noted that there was a blatant disregard for life with the murder statistics climbing daily.
“Those of us who respect life can no longer remain silent. We need to stand up and be counted. We need to make our presence felt. We need to remind each other and ourselves that life is a precious gift that must be respected, protected and preserved,” she stated.
She said the aim of the project was to encourage all Jamaicans to create a society where life was respected, where people of all ages could be free from fear, where homes, schools, places of worship, businesses, recreation and all public places are safe.
It is envisaged that this ‘new Jamaica’ “will honour the Giver of life. We see Jamaicans learning true respect for all as in our National Anthem and we ask our Eternal Father to teach us true respect for all,” she stressed.
Mrs. Anderson Brown said that while the launch would be held in Clarendon, the message of respect for life would be taken island wide. “We hope to go to other parishes because we believe that we have to do something if we really want a change,” she reiterated.
Wednesday’s event is expected to commence at 5:00 p.m. and the guest speaker will be the Reverend Al Miller.