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Choc'late goes into last lap
published: Monday | June 4, 2007

Labelling her fasting and praying mission to Jamaica as being successful, Choc'late Allen of Trinidad and Tobago leaves the island on Thursday.

Today, Choc'late will be continuing her school tour in the Corporate Area at George Headley Primary, and tomorrow she goes to St. Richard's Primary, having returned last week from an eight-school visit in Montego Bay, St. James.

Choc'late has been in Jamaica since mid-May. During her first week on the island, the 13-year-old conducted a 12-hour-a-day fasting and reading for peace and purity at the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Library.

Figures of attendees

Choc'late said she is grateful for the turnout each day to her mission. She could not state the exact figures of attendees but said that "a great number of people" came to the fasting and prayer.

"I know my time in Jamaica was well spent and I got my message across to Jamaican young persons and Jamaicans in general," said Choc'late.

"My message being for persons to accept personal responsibilities for our actions," she added.

Choc'late also noted that several children commented they were pleased to have someone of their age group speaking on their behalf.

"We have a voice, yes. But sometimes we are not really heard as young people and with adults saying we don't know what we are talking about and that is not true," she said.

Choc'late is expecting to return to the island in September. The executive director of Caribbean Vizion hopes to launch the organisation in Jamaica when she returns. The five-year-old non-profit organisation includes an educational production that seeks to educate children academically and artistically.

Choc'late has fasted for peace and purity for five days in her hometown of Port-of-Spain and she plans to go to other regional territories.

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