CDA to remember fallen children

November 18, 2016
A picture of Secret Gardens, the monument erected in downtown Kingston to remember children who died under tragic circumstances.

Tomorrow, the Child Development Agency (CDA) hosts its 10th anniversary candlelight vigil and concert at Emancipation Park, being held in observance of World Day for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Themed 'The Cries of Our Children', the event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., and will feature a children's march, led by the Manning Boy's Band starting from Richmond Avenue, off Half-Way Tree Road, leading to the park for the official opening ceremony. Glow sticks will also be cracked and a moment of silence will be observed in remembrance of 67 children who have been killed tragically between October 2015 and October 2016. An added feature for this year's staging is a children's village, which will showcase artwork done by wards of the State, product sampling by different companies, a conversation corner with child protection agencies and a play therapy area.

The show line-up includes popular gospel artistes Jermaine Edwards, Kevin Downswell, Rondell Positive and Carey Sayles, who will be ministering in song for the children. Guest artistes Tarrus Riley and Jah Vinci will also perform for the audience. Performances will also come from Manning Boy's Band, Lister Mair- Gilby Senior School for the Deaf, Clan Carthy Primary, Kingsway Preparatory, Constant Spring Primary and Junior High and the RJR Citizens Advice Bureau Basic School.

Public relations and communications manager at the CDA, Rochelle Dixon, said the event is to remember children who died under tragic circumstances, to foster awareness about child abuse, and to engage the wider community in the fight against child abuse.

"Through this very important event, the agency capitalises on the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to protecting children in Jamaica while engaging the wider society to play a more integral role in the fight against child abuse," she said. "Let us stand in solidarity as a nation and recalibrate our efforts to protect our children from acts of violence because too much of them are becoming victims."

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