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LIME supports Jamaica Praise Fest 2012

Minister Lorna Chambers (left), president of the Jamaica Praise Fest, accepting a cheque from Nathaniel Palmer, event manager of LIME Jamaica, at the launch of the Jamaica Praise Fest 2012 which was held on Tuesday, at the RIU Hotel in Montego Bay. - Contributed

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 LIME Jamaica officially announced its partnership with the organisers of Jamaica Praise Fest at the launch of Jamaica Praise Fest 2012, which took place at RIU Hotel in Montego Bay.

The event, anticipated to attract more than 35,000 patrons, kicks off on Wednesday, October 31, to Friday, November 2, in Montego Bay, and will be held under the theme, 'To Jamaica with Love'.

The product of a joint effort between Praise Fest Ministries and Dove Ministries, the three-day festival will seek to spread the teachings of the Christian faith throughout Jamaica, as well as carrying out a number of community-outreach initiatives.

In 2011, Jamaica Praise Fest saw the arrival of more than 3,000 volunteers and 1,200 crew members, who came to the second city on the Carnival Destiny cruise ship.

Speaking at the launch, Nathaniel Palmer, LIME event manager said, "When we were approached by the organisers we were both impressed and inspired by the vision that commissioned this event, which will bring thousands of Jamaicans together in a fun-filled family friendly environment. When an event such as this is held in a major tourist town such as Montego Bay, the direct and indirect benefits to the communities which rely on the industry are infinite."

LIME will be committing a total of $1m to Praise Fest Ministries, and Dove Ministries towards the proceeds of the Jamaica Praise Fest 2012 activities.

"We laud the organisers for this effort which bolsters a major initiative of the tourism ministry - that of faith-based tourism," said Palmer.

"As concerned corporate citizens, we also highlight the timeliness of this event, which is being staged at a time when our nation is yearning for positive influences and positive atmospheres," he added.

The organisers of Jamaica Praise Fest 2012 have also secured a number of internationally renowned ministers and gospel singers to join them here in Jamaica for the two-day-long inspirational activities.

Among these international Christian influencers are Pastor Shirley Caesar, Bishop Hezikiah Walker, William McDowell, Byron Cage, as well as local gospel acts Goddy Goddy, Jermaine Edwards Kerron Ennis and more.

"We further commend the organisers for securing the likes of top international gospel ministers Shirley Caesar and Hezekiah Walker who, we know, will not only be major crowd-pleasers, but also carry with them messages of hope and upliftment for our nation," stated Palmer.

Jamaica Praise Fest activities schedule:

October 31 - The Praise Awards Red Carpet Gala - Montego Bay Conference Centre at 6:30 p.m.

November 1 - The Family Conference, The Meeting Place Howard Cooke Highway, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

November 1 - Jamaica Praise Fest Concert (Night 1), Dump-up Beach, 5:30 - 11:30 p.m.

November 2 - Health and Wellness Fair - Dump-up Beach, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

November 2 - Jamaica Praise Fest Concert (Night 2), Dump-up Beach, 5:30 - 11:30 p.m.

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