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Manchester Adventist Youth Federation takes on road safety project

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMTanaa Bailey
Members of the Manchester Youth Federation erecting one of several traffic signs in the vicinity of May Day Road where one of their own was hit and killed by a motor vehicle earlier this year.

'And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up'- Galatians 6:9

For many individuals, Friday, March 10, 2017, will forever be etched in their minds as one of excruciating pain and sadness.

It was the day that 14-year-old Amelia Willis, a second former at the Victor Dixon High School, lost her life.

Amelia, while on her way to school, proceeded to cross the road at the intersection of Manchester Road and May Day Road, when a taxi travelling in the opposite direction, hit her.

The impact of the hit flung her into the air and she landed onto another vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later that day succumbed to her injuries.

Her death brought much grief to everyone who knew her and even those who didn't, and it brought to the fore issues that need serious attention. One such is the lack of traffic signs in the area of the accident.




It is for this reason that Amelia's church sisters and brothers decided to honour her memory by seeking to prevent a reoccurrence of this tragedy.

According to public relations officer of the Manchester Adventist Youth Federation, Patricia Grant, the federation saw it fit to install traffic signs.

"Separate and apart from the recent accident involving one of our very own, there have been a number of accidents there. We weren't seeing anything being done about it and so we decided to do something, especially because a young person lost her life."

According to Grant, the team wanted to get a pedestrian crossing done, however, they would need to build two sidewalks first.

"We are in the process of getting permission to use the land to build the sidewalk so that we can do the pedestrian crossing. We will need assistance because it will cost roughly just under $100,000."

The youth federation is an army of young people that deals specifically with Adventist youth. However, their mission is to aim wider to impact non-Adventist through various initiatives.

"Our plan is to host workshops targeting children and young people, boosting their self-esteem, so that they can be empowered to help others. We also want to do other projects and inspire a spirit of togetherness and volunteerism."