BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, June 4, 2017 (PLP PR Media Inc.) — Members of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP) Branch #7 Women Empowerment Group fulfilled one of their most cherished goals on Saturday June 3, when they held a well patronised fundraiser breakfast outside Bourryeau Gate in the constituency.
“We decided to do a fundraiser in order to help the less fortunate in our constituency in terms of who have kids graduating and moving on to high school and are not so fortunate to have everything,” explained Ms Lorraine Thompson, a member of the group.
“That is the reason why we called this fundraiser so we can be able to help in some small, but significant way. It was a short notice but everybody came together and chipped in and it was well received by the public. We were greatly honoured by the support we received from the Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris who is our area Parliamentary Representative.”
According to Ms Thompson that was the first fundraiser activity the group has held and buoyed by the overwhelming support they received from the general public, some of whom came from outside the constituency including the Deputy Leader of the Peoples Labour Party Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, the next fundraiser they will organise will be in the form of a food fair.
Prime Minister Harris, who is also the Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP), was one of the patrons who defied a passing morning drizzle to lend his support to the PLP Branch #7 Women Empowerment Group. He observed that the members of the group had demonstrated a great sense of advocacy for coming out to support the less fortunate, a virtue he said needs to be replicated in all constituencies in the Federation.
“The display of advocacy this morning by a section of our women represents the resilience, strength and beauty of mothers in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis,” commented the Prime Minister. “Traditionally women are the ones who build homes and that in itself is a form of leadership.”
He noted that he was pleased by the steps members of the PLP Women Empowerment Group in his constituency were taking to spread its activities to other constituencies. He added that by identifying the needy persons in the society, it would also help the government when it came to its overall plan of empowering the constituencies.
“The Peoples Labour Party recognises the important role played by women in the overall development of any country and the reason we have them holding important positions in our National Executive,” said the Prime Minister. “It is the only political party that has a woman holding the high position of Deputy Political Leader in the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett.”
Other women holding positions in the National Executive of the Peoples Labour Party include Ms Myrtilla Williams, who is the National Secretary, and Ms Claudette Thompson, who is the Deputy National Secretary. Ms Sonia Henry, the leader of the PLP Branch #7 Women Empowerment Group, and Ms Tishanna Norford serve as Representatives of the Women’s Arm of the party.
Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, also Deputy Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party was one of those who travelled from outside the constituency to lend support to members of the PLP Branch #7 Women Empowerment Group in their endeavour to empower the less fortunate in their constituency.
“It is indeed a pleasure to be here this morning with the women of Constituency Number Seven as they push their breakfast initiative to raise funds for the less fortunate women within the Constituency Number Seven and indeed throughout the entire island,” said Hon Byron-Nisbett.
Senator Byron-Nisbett stated that it was always heart-warming when there are women who would come out and try to help out other women who find themselves in positions where they are unable to assist their children.
“Of course we will continue empowering the women in Constituency Seven and elsewhere to ensure that they continue to succeed in whatever endeavours they pursue because we know that whatever they do here in Constituency Seven and in PLP in general will always be put to a good cause to ensure the development and the wellbeing of people at large and women at large and the entire country as a whole,” she concluded.