All is not lost in Brittons Hill, St Michael, which has recently been plagued by crime and violence.
Today some of the young people from that community were celebrated for making positive news for the district. Members of the Brittons Hill Under-13 Football Team, winners of the Brittons Hill Trophy World Under-13 Soccer Classic in August 2015, were treated to a fun evening at Chefette, Wildey, St Michael.
The activity which coincides with Father’s Day weekend celebrations, was sponsored by Restoration Ministries and Chefette Restaurants.
Pastor of Restoration Ministries Senator David Durant told the youngsters they should not allow negative circumstances in the community to limit their aspirations for mobility and progress so they can fully discover their potential. He told them they can come forth as brilliant lights in the midst of darkness.
“The community has recently been highlighted in the press by a lot of negativity due to violence. Therefore this is coming at a good time to present something good from the community among our community.
“This demonstrates that good things can come out of Brittons Hill. I believe if you really want to change society we have to inspire our young people,” Durant told the group.
Meanwhile, one of the church’s leaders, retired educator Matthew Farley, urged the boys to distance themselves from crime, guns, violence and drugs, but rather become associated with activities that would help to uplift their lives and pave the way for a successful future.
Farley remarked that while a child could not choose their parents, or, the community they live in, they had the ability to determine their future to a certain extent.
The happy children who expressed delight with the treat, ordered whatever they wished from the menu, before making their way to explore the play park, under the watchful eye of the Pastor Durant and some other male figures from the church.