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Minister urges youth to make use of Labour Day

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Lisa Hanna

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna has called on Jamaican youth to make use of Labour Day this Thursday, which is an opportunity, she said, for them to give back in service to the elderly and other persons around them who have helped in their development.

Speaking at the Labour Day Thanksgiving Service at the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ in Kingston on Sunday, Hanna said that while many youth may not be in a position to offer monetary assistance, offering a helping hand would go a far way. She added that it was important for all persons, including children and youth, to offer assistance in whatever way possible, especially to the elderly and the disabled.


"The theme of Labour Day this year calls on us to 'Lend a Hand, Build our Land'. This is a timely theme as it causes us to remember our responsibility to support our fellow citizens as part of the national project of building our nation," she said.

The minister also used the opportunity to recognise and remember National Hero Sam Sharpe, along with other freedom fighters who gave their lives on May 23, 1832, in the determination that their children and generations to come would be free.

Hanna also thanked the Bethel United Church of Jesus Christ for hosting the thanksgiving service.

The church service marked the beginning of celebrations for this year's National Workers Week, being celebrated this week. Labour Day activities will focus on helping the vulnerable in society. The national project this year will be at the Port Maria Infirmary in St Mary.