Oualie-Nevis-According to chief coordinator of the event Mr. Winston Perkins the anti-crime rally hosted by the Rehoboth Church of God, was meant to stimulate community spirit and right living among community members.
He noted that the values and morals previously cherished in the tranquil island of Nevis seem to be diminishing and as the theme of the convocation week held by the church admonished: “If the foundation is destroyed, what will the righteous will do?’
The rally commenced sometime after 6 am on Saturday 21st April, with a prayer and then the over forty participants hit the road to participate in varying forms of vigorous activity.
Everyone started at Oualie and the walkers made their way along the island’s Main Road through the area of Cottle’s Church; down Shaw’s road and back to Oualie, while the runners also utilized the same route.
The bikers on the other hand journeyed along the island’s main road and were scheduled to go as far as the St. James’ Anglican Church but most of them opted for a longer ride and turned around at the St. James’ raceway in New River.
Among those breaking their sleep to be present was 90 year old Pastor Eunice Griffin who stated that she reached a little late for the walk but noted that she would have completed it ‘in Jesus’ name.’
At the completion of the walk run and biking exercise a rally was held at Oualie which featured speeches by one of the Pastors; Hon. Alexis Jeffers who also completed the walk; Rol’J Williams, who spoke from a youth perspective and admonished his fellow youths to stay away from anti-social behaviours; John Prentice of the Circle of peace and Mr. Virge Browne who also completed the walk;
The feature address was delivered by former principal Miss Earlene Maynard who noted that the foundation in anything is absolutely critical hence the admonition for the current generation to return to the values and morals taught by our parents and grandparents in order to achieve a safer and more unified community.
The morning’s session climaxed with a heathy and sumptuous breakfast and wonderful gospel music from the sound system provided.