Minister of Social and Gender Affairs, Hensley Daniel explained that the event was organized to show love and appreciation to the island’s seniors.
According to Daniel, “Since we got into government we have ensured that the senior citizens in this country feel some sort of appreciation and a sense of love and that sense of engagement and that is why we have a structured and organized program for them.
For us our task and work has been beautifully summed up in the 1st epistle of John, ‘let us love one another for God is love’ and that is the basis on which we have organized this valentine program every year to say to you, we love you and we care for you.”
A number of young people as well as students from some of the schools on Nevis provided entertainment for the program and Minister Daniel explained the purpose for engaging the youth.
“It is further intended for bringing the children to promote inter-generation harmony so that we have a society where we do not only talk to the young people but we talk with them and they talk with you. We’ve also had them visited the Flamboyant Home where many of our senior reside, and all we are saying to them is that one day you will be like these people and if you treat them well somebody from another generation will treat you well and that is why we included the young people in this activity,” the Minister explained.
In conclusion the Gender Affairs Minister extended Valentine’s Day greetings to those gathered on behalf of the Nevis Island Administration.
“On behalf of the Premier and my other colleagues in government to wish for you and enjoyable day and trust that you will be around next year to celebrate with us. We believe that our task is to provide an enabling environment at home and in the community so that you can feel that there is good reason to be around,” Daniel stated.