(PLP PR Media Inc.) — Residents of Constituency Number Four who have month after month been faithful participants of the Peoples Labour Party/Prime Minister’s Monthly Health Walk will this month, August, have the opportunity to participate on their home turf.
Chairman of the Peoples Labour Party Constituency Number Branch Mr Philmore Bedford announced that the PLP/PM Health Walk will be held on the last Saturday of the month, August 26. The route, he added, will entirely be in Constituency Number Four.
“We take this opportunity to thank our Prime Minister and Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP), Dr the Hon Timothy Harris, who is the brainchild of these health walks for giving the people of St. Kitts the privilege to host the walks in their constituencies,” said Mr Bedford.
“I encourage more persons to turn out as the walk also gives our Prime Minister the opportunity to interact with his people in a relaxed atmosphere away from the bustles of offices. Take that opportunity and the Prime Minister will be all ears irrespective of your social background, because he is a Prime Minister of the people.”
Mr Bedford observed that a group of faithful and health conscious persons from Constituency Number Four have been taking part in these walks when they used to be exclusively held in Constituency Number Seven because they appreciated the message the Prime Minister was sending out. Dr Harris is the CARICOM’s lead spokesman on human resource, health and HIV matters, and the walk participants are benefiting at home from his endeavours.
He noted that the health walk on Saturday August 26 will be the first since it started being held in other constituencies that will cover a single constituency. The first time it was held away from its traditional route in Constituency Number Seven, it covered Constituencies Eight, Two, and One in that order, while the last one covered Constituencies One, Two and Three in that order.
“The walk starts at 5 am from the St. Kitts Marine Works boatyard in New Guinea and participants will walk in an easterly direction along the Island Main Road and end at the Hard Courts in Challengers,” said Mr Bedford. “Now that the walk is in their backyard, a number of persons in the constituency have indicated that they will be taking part. I am calling out on all people who are health conscious to join our Prime Minister and partake of this walk.”
A special sub-committee of the Peoples Labour Party Constituency Number Four Branch Executive held a meeting on Friday August 18 at the Josh Kitchen in Middle Island where they discussed the finer details of hosting the health walk. In the meeting were Mr Philmore Bedford, the Branch Deputy Chairperson Ms Shazill Bergan, Treasurer Mr Joseph Cozier, and Branch Coordinator Ms Petrona Thomas.
From New Guinea the walk, which will cover a distance of almost 3.75 miles (six kilometres), will take the participants through the scenic villages of Half Way Tree, Godwin Ghaut, Conyers, Lamberts, Middle Island, Verchilds, Old Road and end at Challengers Hard Courts where refreshments will be served.
“All eyes will be on our very own nine-year old Master J’quan Thomas, and 44-year old Mr Lorenzo Rogers both from Old Road who finished the walk held on Saturday April 29 in first and second positions respectively,” said Mr Bedford. “It was amazing that the Young J’quan who was participating for the very first time led all the way from Belle Vue to Ottley’s in the walk that was held in Constituency Number Seven.”
According to the special sub-committee of the PLP Constituency Number Four Branch Executive, special prizes will be given to the first person, the youngest person and the oldest person to finish the walk.
“In our preparation for this walk we have received tremendous support from people in Constituency Number Four and elsewhere, especially as it relates to the foods and drinks that will be served at the end of the walk, and the people who have offered to prepare the food and drinks. We say a hearty thank you to all of them,” concluded Mr Bedford.