Features — 09 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

The day aims to bring back the solidarity of the community

The 12th Day of Healing will be held in the Majestic Alley area on Saturday, May 17, from 9 in the morning to 7:00 p.m., and at 6:00 p.m., a candlelight vigil will be held in remembrance of those who have lost their lives due to the ongoing senseless gun violence.

The event is a collaboration between Perry ‘Stickz’ Smith and Leroy Mutty Smith, the founder of an organization known as the Upliftment Camp, in the Majestic Alley area. Mutty is a social activist who conducts an afterschool feeding program for children from his home in the Majestic Alley area

Perry “Stickz” Smith, the Director of the Day of Healing, a registered non-governmental and non-profit organization in Belize, said that the aim of this Day of Healing is to bring the community and the adjoining communities together in a safe and friendly environment to enable residents to reopen the lines of communication and to restore solidarity within the communities. The event also is aimed at displaying the talents and skills of residents – both younger ones and adults – in the community through their participation in various games and competitions during the day. Trophies and medals will be presented to the first place winners.

Smith said that, as usual, there will be food, drinks and refreshments, which will be served free of charge, to those who attend. Among the dishes to be served will be cohune cabbage from San Jose and a Nigerian-style callaloo soup. There will also be the regular rice and beans, barbequed meat, soups, refreshments and drinks. Smith reminds the public that the event is a family fun day and alcoholic drinks will not be served.

The crowd will be entertained by an array of Belizean artists, including Barbie, TR Shine, Ernestine Carballo, Blackberry, Positive Vibez, and, hailing from Punta Gorda, Jah Guidance.

Smith said that donations are requested to ensure the success of the event. Funds are needed to purchase trophies, to buy food and drinks, and to meet other expenses.

The Day of Healing organization has an account at the Evangel Credit Union, located in the Nazarene High School compound in Belize City, and the account number is 201003939. Monetary donations can be inputted in this account.

Those who want to volunteer their services at the event or to make donations can also contact Perry Smith at 601- 2342 or Leroy Smith at 622 – 2640. Smith urges the public to donate generously to the event.

He also reminds those who have participated in the Day of Healing in their communities to come out wearing their Day of Healing shirts to show support.

In recognition of the positive work of the Day of Healing organization, an accreditation was issued by the Police Department in January this year for the reduction of murders last year, said Smith. The organization continues its work to bring peace and harmony within the community and throughout the city. He urges people to join in and take back and own their communities.

The headquarters of the Day of Healing is at 81 Vernon Street.

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