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Religion & Culture | PM to address Stella Maris fundraising banquet

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has agreed to be the guest speaker at the biennial fundraising dinner of the Stella Maris Church on June 30.

Proceeds from the event will go to the various ministries operated by the church, including the Stella Maris Foundation in Grants Pen.

"The Stella Maris Foundation has been a key partner in social and community development," noted Holness.

"Its community outreach programmes, particularly in the Grants Pen area, have served to build the social and economic capacity of residents.

"The foundation, in partnership with HEART Trust/NTA, has trained more than 1,000 youths in the area, most of whom are now employed. Stella Maris must also be commended for its feeding programmes for street people, the indigent and the elderly.

"With such a wonderful track record of service, I am honoured to give my support and speak at the church's fundraising dinner," added Holness.

In the meantime, chairman of the Stella Maris Church Council, Edward Shoucair, says he is looking forward to the usual enthusiastic response, particularly because they have such a distinguished guest speaker.

"PM Holness' participation is true affirmation of the service we give to the community. The pastor, Father Howard, and the Stella Maris Family are truly grateful for the blessings from God and the support we receive," added Shoucair.

The fundraising dinner will be held at the Spanish Court Hotel, starting at 7 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner and entertainment.