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Help JA Children : ACT NOW


Two days ago I made a blog entry about Yendi Phillips’ pregnancy and at the time I’m writing this, that entry has received 9350 views, coupled with some 90 + comments. I’m calling on that same spirit that motivated you to reblog, retweet, repost, broadcast and tweet that post to cause you to do the same for this one; something far more important, something our nation should stop and pay attention to, something very close to my heart.

A few weeks ago The Observer published a story which gave a chilling and frightening account of cases of child abuse in Jamaica. In response to this worrying trend, a group of young people, led by Mr. Brandon Allwood, came together and formed the organisation “Help JA Children.” The stated aim of this movement is to bring attention to the plight of our nation’s children, with a view to finding solutions to the problems they face. We’re talking about sexual abuse, physical abuse, child prostitution, child labour, street children, children who are being trafficked, children who are being harvested for their organs and the list goes on and on. The fact is, these children need someone to advocate on their behalf, they need people who can stand with them and help them. Help JA Children has committed to that fight.

The first initiative being organised by this organisation is a march and rally on May 1. The march will begin at 12noon at the Bustamante Hospital for Children and terminate at Emancipation Park, where the rally will be held. Various stakeholders will make presentations, along with performances from some members of the entertainment industry who have agreed to act as ambassadors for this organisation. These include Tifa, Miss Kitty, Deneque and Yendi Phillips, to name a few. You are encouraged to wear yellow on the day. Visit helpjachildren.fikket.com to register for the march and rally. With all that said, the organisation needs your help. An account has been opened to facilitate members of the public making contributions to fund the march and rally, as well as all future operations of Help JA Children. ALL donations made will go DIRECTLY to that stated purpose. The account information is : Scotiabank | A/C Name: Help JA Children | Branch: New Kgn | Branch #: 50575 | A/C #: 803605. It need not be a large donation. Just give something, anything to assist in the fight against the abuse and the neglect of our children. It will be greatly appreciated.

You can also follow the organisation on Twitter at @HelpJAChildren, like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HelpJAChildren. If you have any questions, you can send an email to hello@helpjachildren.org. The fight for our children is left to each and everyone of us. We have a responsibility to these children, I firmly believe that the only way change comes is when we people stand united for a common cause. This is the defining issue of our generation. Nelson Mandela said that there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul, than how it treats its children. We you look around you, are you satisfied that our marginalised and neglected children are being cared for? Are you convinced that places of safety are really safe? Stand with Help JA Children on May 1. I’m asking you to retweet, reblog, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Hi5, repost this – whatever you can do. If 9000 + of you could stop to read about Yendi’s pregnancy, then 9000 + of you can get this message out there. Let’s do it for the children. We always hear about the apathy of this generation, well here we have young people stepping forward to make a difference. Stand with us, I beg you.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul, than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

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One response

  1. Wasn’t in the area to participate in the March. how was the event though? Hope that it was well supported.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:20 am

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