Invest more time in school, Crawford tells youth
Rochelle Keane, Gleaner Intern
ARGUING that gambling is a sport that we cannot afford, junior tourism minister Damion Crawford has urged young people to avoid the costly habit.
Crawford, who was guest speaker at the Adolescent Gambling Prevention All-Island Poster Competition awards ceremony held at Rise Life Management Services in Kingston last Thursday, compared gambling to the sports of golf and motor racing.
"I can't afford to buy the golf clubs and pay for the tee-offs ... so I play football. It's a sport, like car racing. You might like it, but if you can't afford a car and to fix the engine and to fix the chassis and the roll bars, it's an expensive thing," Crawford said.
The minister, who has responsibility for entertainment, said gambling should be left to those who can afford it.
"I am saying to the students in particular that [it is] not only the money part [that] you can't afford, you [also] can't afford the time part. As you get older and older having invested time, you will have more time. Because the fact of the matter is, those who do more work in school do less work after school and get more money for it," Crawford said.
He added: "Those who spend less time in school do more work after school and get less pay for it."
Additionally, Sonita Abrahams, executive director for Rise Life Management Services, noted the response for the poster competition was excellent. Rise Life Management Services is an institution that seeks to prevent gambling among youth in the nation.
"We received 82 entries from all over the island. The judging was a challenge, because they were all very good posters," Abrahams told The Gleaner.
Andrew Malcolm and Romario Finlator, first- and second-place winners, respectively, of the poster competition were both excited and happy about how well they did and the prizes they received.
When Malcolm was asked what the competition taught him, he said, "Children under 18 should not gamble because it can lead to violence."
Full Caption: From left: Sonita Abrahams, executive director, Rise Life Management Services; Carlene Edwards, sponsorship and public relations manager, Supreme Ventures Limited; Damion Crawford, minister of state, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment; and Romario Finlator, first-place winner, are all smiles at the Rise Life Management Services/Supreme Ventures Limited and Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission's awards ceremony for the 2013 Adolescent Gambling Prevention All-Island Poster Competition, held at Rise offices, East Street, last Thursday. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer