Organized by Mrs. Kathleen Knowles with Heal Our Land, a social evening aimed at reinforcing the self-worth of young women took place at Friendship Tabernacle on March 18.
Emceed by Rachael Johnson, the program consisted of personal testimonies, poem readings, certificate presentations and praise singing, all taking place before the motivational speech by guest speaker Rayette McDonald.
She spoke of her life, explaining how she had taken hold of it in a positive way.
“I encourage you to stay firm,” she said. “Don’t speak death.”
Noella Clarke was next – reading a poem that she had written, a prelude to the Praise & Worship singing by Hearts of Fire, accompanied at the Keyboard.
Ranisha Newbold, a student at St Francis de Sales Catholic School, was called on stage to be congratulated for her winning first prize in an essay competition on the subject ”Praying to my God has brought me to where I am today.” She happily accepted the certificate while watched by her proud parents who were in the audience.
Illustrating the theme “I am a vessel full of power,” the guest speaker mixed humor with serious topics. She supported her advice by her own life experiences and left the stage with heartfelt applause.
An educator for over fifteen years, the author of several books, the chief editor for Q Magazine and a member of the Youth Award Committee, she directed her presentation to young girls, urging them to realize their worth and stick to it.
“How do we remain powerful with all the things that go on in life?” was the question at the beginning of her speech. Her response was to illustrate each letter of the word “power” with a positive definition.