(CNS Local Life): Around 260 students and 100 parents and teachers enjoyed food, fellowship and live entertainment at the Circle of Love Women’s Ministry children’s breakfast on Saturday, 12 May 2018. Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Felicia Robinson welcomed everyone and asked adults to affirm children so as to positively impact their lives.
She also thanked Circle of Love for organising and hosting the popular event, stated a press release.
This year’s junior speaker was 14-year-old Zolla Jones from Cayman Prep and High School. The Child Month 2018 Award recipient impressed onlookers with her self-penned motivational speech, said the press release. In taking up the event’s theme, she implored her peers to discover their passions, ask more of themselves than others do and to find mentors to nurture their talents.
The entertainment programme featured school choirs, school and church dance troupes, and several instrumental performances.
Jordan McLean was called on to testify to the power of prayer in his life and moved the audience with his rendition of “My Redeemer Lives.”
Charmaine Miller of the Family Resource Centre (FRC) gave a demonstration on the strong and lasting effects of bullying. She shared information on the FRC’s “Stood Up” campaign, which carries an unequivocal anti-bullying message, and encouraged young attendees to stand up to bullying where ever they saw it by telling an adult.
Julie Hunter, founder of the Circle of Love Women’s Ministry, gave out spot prizes throughout the event which also kept the audience entertained between performances. She said she was pleased with the record attendance and the enthusiasm of the child entertainers and the audience, and that 75 children had taken part in the essay competition.
“The reason why our ministry organises and hosts the annual Child Month Breakfast is because we want to affirm children and the sacred place they have in our community,” she said. “Children have so much potential. Hopefully events such as this can help inspire them to reach for and to realise their goals.”
Winners of the event’s essay competition, themed “One Life Challenge I Have Overcome and How I Overcame It,” were first place: (7- 8 years old) Tyria Chantilope (Truth For Youth School), (9-10) Daniel Salman (Prospect Primary School), and (11-12) Whitney Jackson (Wesleyan Christian Academy); second place: (7-8) Kristen Aguero (Truth For Youth), (9-10) Michael Grizzel (George Town Primary School) and Lee Ebanks (Edna Moyle Primary School) and (11-12) MaKayla O’Connor (Bodden Town Primary School); and third place: (7- 8) Cordese Robinson (Red Bay Primary School) and Triston Walton (George Town), (9 -10) Chantia Willis (George Town) and (10 -11) Naila Azwa Aini (Truth For Youth).
Attendees at the seventh annual Child Month Breakfast also included Ministry of Community Affairs Councillor Austin Harris, Chief Officer Teresa Echenique, Deputy Chief Officer Andre Ebanks and several DCFS staff.