March offers youth chance to stand up

The influx of violence in Cayman
has rattled the community. This Saturday the public has a chance to do
something about it.

A peaceful march and community
gathering will take place in West
Bay. Participants are
slated to walk from the 4-way stop in West
Bay (Centennial Tower)
at 3pm to the John A. Cumber playfield.

After arrival at the playfield there
will be a family fun day from 4pm-9pm. During the daylight hours emphasis will
be on the kids as cotton candy, bouncing castle, car rides and other fun activities
will be on offer.

The evening focuses on positive
music and mantras as the night features young speakers and entertainers. A host
of influential young people will be speaking, namely: youth pastor Felix Manzanares,
2010 YCLA winner Collin Anglin, CITN reporter Kenneth Bryan, Young Progressives
President Denise Miller, Boxer Charles “The Killa” Whittaker, Young United
Democratic Party President Richard Christian and Cayman Brac Miss Teen Zorina

There will be entertainment from
dance group Xcitment, Miss Teen Cayman Jamesette Anglin, Cayman rap group
D.L.S. (Da Link Set), Pauz Entertainment and others.

Organiser Richard Christian spoke
about the reasoning behind hosting the march and fun day.

“With the raising crime
and violence taking place in our islands over the last few months, it is
our young people that are being affected the most,” Mr. Christian said. “The
vision of this event is to identify the young people that are already doing positive
things in our community and to provide a stage for them to display their
gifts and talents, which will encourage other young people to do
something positive.

“We are hoping that the number
of young people involved in this event, from the speakers to the entertainers,
will give all teens and young adults local role models that they can look
up to and aspire to be like.”

Christian is putting on the event
under the direction of the “Let’s Do Som’Um Nah (Caymanian slang for let’s do
something)” committee. Basically the group consists of Caymanian young professionals
working under the authorisation of the Do Something campaign (originating from
the Miles Ahead ministry in San Diego, California).

Adding to the community appeal of
the event is the fact that a number of sports people are endorsing the
gathering. Among the more notable names are Olympic swimmer Shaun Fraser,
Olympic sprinter Cydonie Mothersill and sportsman Luigi Moxam.

Other endorsements are coming from
local movie director Frankie Flowers and Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks.

That support, in addition to the
list of corporate sponsors already onboard, has many committee members like
Angelita McLean eager to come together.

“We need to stand up and let our
voices be heard and save the future of our islands,” McLean
said. “We must remind teens and young adults that no matter how hard life is or
how difficult the obstacle may seem you can accomplish anything in life once
you believe and have faith.

“We need to be our brothers’ keeper
and be willing to lend a helping hand to the person in need whether
financial or spiritual. United we stand and divided we fall.”

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Mothersill is backing Saturday’s event.
Photo: Matthew Yates