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‘Busy’ makes push for ‘peace and love’

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 6:07 PMLivingston Scott

Well-known charity football organiser, Clive 'Busy' Campbell, made a passionate plea to the lovers and supporters of the game to play their part in assisting him to help save the lives of endangered young men of the inner-city communities of Allman Town, Kingston Gardens, Woodford Park, Rae Town, Franklyn Town, Tel Aviv and Rose Gardens, who are caught in a life of crime, violence and gang warfare.

calling for volunteers

Campbell has organised the Peace and Love Six-a-Side Football Competition, scheduled to begin in November, for youths from the respective communities and he is calling on coaches, administrators, former referees and players and persons generally interested in the game to volunteer their time to help mentor these young men.

"Talents abound in these communities and all they seek is an opportunity," Campbell commented at the launch of the Bell/Ziadie Memorial at Cuddyz on Tuesday.

"Even though we have numerous schoolboy football competitions, there are many young men in the inner-cities if given the opportunity may just one day make the national team," he continued.

'Busy', as he is popularly called, said he is willing to escort anyone who is interested in the project to these communities. He strongly believes this gesture would go a far way in helping to inspire some of these young men and assist in forging friendships and peace and love in these (gang) war torn communities, which in the long run will help to stem the scourge of crime engulfing the nation.

"Fostering peaceful and loving relationships in communities is the only way we will see a reduction in crime. These young men are crying out for help and no one has the time to listen. So I am asking those who can to spend some time mentoring the young men from these communities," he said.

He added: "In life, the most important thing for me is respect, not money, not power, not glory. Once I have respect, I am okay."