Thousand Man March an inspiration

Hundreds of men took to the streets
of George Town for the Thousand Man March, meant to empower males and encourage
a stance against violence and crime on Saturday.

The hike, which was organised by
several churches in Grand Cayman, started out at the Cricket Oval in George
Town and followed Shedden Road through George Town, was interrupted only
briefly by the rain.

Those on hand seemed un-fazed
however, and the celebration reached a climax when the men arrived at Heroes
Square for an intense rally that included a speech from the Cayman Islands Premier
McKeeva Bush.

He told those on hand that the gathering
and planning of such an event was extremely timely, adding that as a society,
we have to consider what actions to take to make existence more meaningful.

Mr. Bush said this is important
whether people are Christians or not.

“We as men are the most potent
examples of what life is like in the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Bush, adding
that young people learn from watching their families for clues.

The Premier said the problems the
society is experiencing are coming directly from the home.

“These issues start in the home. It
is not the school, church, the Legislative Assembly or the television leading
people astray but rather lack of proper guidance in the homes,” declared Mr.
Bush.

He implored pastors to preach a
message of responsibility in their churches and had a message for parents who
were passively raising their children.

“If you don’t stand up and tell
your children right from wrong, tell the police what you know or tell the
people who need to know what is going on, 
then hell is for you, because that is wrong.

“Somebody knows who is doing things
in the country and they’re not saying.”

The evening continued with songs of
praise and featured several other guest speakers, as well as video
presentations.

Organisers of the event said they
were pleased to have such a good turnout and thanked all who participated for
their time and efforts.

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Men gathered to march against violence and other social ills.
Stuart Wilson