Turning Point organizes drug awareness parade

POSTED: 06/19/13 12:34 PM

Action week against substance abuse

St. Maarten – Drug rehab center Turning Point is in the middle of its drug action week. This upcoming Sunday, on the international day of substance abuse, the center organizes a drug awareness parade that will begin at 1 p.m. The march departs from the Marie Laurence School in Middle Region and leads via the A. Th. Illidge Road and the Longwall Road to Front Street, past the courthouse to the government administration building.

Turning Point estimates that approximately 300 people of different youth groups will take part in the parade. The Turning Point drum band will join the event at the Fresh Market.

Turning Point also brings substance abuse to the attention of radio listeners this week. Last Monday psychiatrist Dr. Albertine Jurgensen spoke on Island 92 FM about promoting holistic well-being. Today, psychologist Judith Arndell will speak on PJD2 at 4 p.m. about how to tell if a child is using drugs. At 6 p.m. Julian Rollocks will speak on SOS 95.9 FM about “prevention of the plague in the child’s educational success.”

On Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Dr. Lloyd Richardson is on Pearl 98.1 FM, speaking about preventing the irreversible brain damage. And on Friday, Pastor Vernon Illidge, director of Turning Point will speak on Laser 101 (101.1 FM) at 9 a.m. about “the plague at the door of the family circle.”

Next week Sunday Turning Point is hosting an All Star Drug Free basketball tournament for minors, cadets and juniors.

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