Turning Point scales up awareness ahead of commemoration

POSTED: 06/12/12 12:46 PM
The drum set that was recently presented to the Turning Point Xtreme Prevention Team (TPXPT) Drum Band.

St. Maarten – Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Cornelius de Weever commended Turning Point Foundation for their years of service to the community of St. Maarten recently. He’s also pointed out how difficult it can be for people to recover.

“The aim of recovery is to encourage the patient to cease substance abuse in order to avoid psychological, financial, social and physical consequences that is caused especially by extreme abuse. The steps to recovery cannot be taken alone. We sometimes think that this cannot happen to us, or the ones closest to us. I stand before you here today as the minister of health and acknowledge that as a family, we have also seen family members struggle with abuse. My advice today to our youth is to stay away from all harmful drugs; its use can bring nothing but destruction to your life and the lives of your loved ones.”

“Talk to your children about drugs and be honest with them. To those who are fighting to recover, my words to you are: do not give and remember that there are those who do recover,” the minister added later.

In reply Public Relations Officer of Turning Point Foundation Wendie Brown reaffirmed the foundation’s commitment to working with drug abusers by providing them with opportunities and professional support. She also pledged that the institution will continue to work with all facets of society to sound the alarm of drug abuse and sustain awareness in schools, churches, businesses and the community at large.

The mission was summed up by Turning Point’s Executive Director Pastor Vernon Illidge who said, “The fight continues to bring about the day that St. Maarten will become a drug free island.”

Drum presentation

All of the stress on recovery and prevention was done at the handover of a drum set to the Turning Point Xtreme Prevention Team (TPXPT) Drum Band. The drums were purchased from the proceeds of a two month fundraising campaign (February – March). The group was also presented with a marching xylophone and presented each of the sponsors with certificates of appreciation.

The drum presentation comes ahead of a parade rally and event at 1:00 p.m. on June 24 – two days ahead of International Drug Abuse Day on June 26. The event is themed: “Does drugs control your life? Your life. Your community. No place for drugs”. The march will begin at the Raoul Illidge Sports Complex, take several routes on the out skirts of town and ending up at the parking lot behind the new administration building. There will be several games and activities for the youth at the end of parade.

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