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Public blessing for children - CDA hosts concert on Nov 19

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Droop Lion
Kevin Downswell
Nickeisha Barnes performing to an audience of mostly children at the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Library, Tom Redcam Avenue, last November. File
Duane Stephenson
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On Wednesday, November 19, the Child Development Agency (CDA) will stage its annual Bless the Children Candlelight Vigil and Concert to commemorate World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The event, which is free to the public, will take place at Emancipation Park, New Kingston.

Public relations and communications manager at the CDA, Prudence Barnes, said each year the agency stages Bless the Children to remember those who have lost their lives violently, as well as foster awareness about child abuse, its negative effects and engage the wider community in fight to eliminate it.

Bless the Children will feature an official opening as well as performances by secular and gospel artistes. "This year we will again have on the show favourites like Kevin Downswell and Duane Stephenson. They will be joined by other popular names such as Carlene Davis, Nickeisha Barnes, Rondell Positive, Omari and Droop Lion. There will also be performances by a number of schools, including Alpha Boys', Harbour View Primary, Lannaman's Prep and Lister Mair Gilby School for the Deaf.

choir debut

The agency will also use the opportunity to debut its newly formed choir," Barnes said.

Barnes pointed out that the CDA is celebrating its 10th anniversary, the theme of which is Protecting Children, Transforming Lives, Securing the Future. "This is really an occasion for the agency to reaffirm its commitment to the children of Jamaica, while engaging the community to play its part in the effort to protect the nation's children," she said.

The CDA is also partnering with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2014, Anjell Bryan, on her Guardian Anjell Shoebox Project, which encourages persons to pack shoeboxes with gifts for children in State care.

"We ask persons to bring their shoeboxes with gifts to the event, if possible, in support of that project," Barnes said.

Barnes urged members of the community to support Bless the Children. "This year's show will be a fitting tribute to our children and it will also be wholesome entertainment for the entire family," she said.