‘Say no to suicide and drugs.’ That was the theme of an event involving the Catholic Church from the Matagaluega Apiaduring the weekend.
It started with a parade from Togafu’afu’a to the Holy Family hall at Taufusi.
Groups from Matautu and Leonē, Saint Anthony, Vaimoso and Samalage and Aiga Paia took part.
They took part in a dance and singing competition.
In the end, the ‘Aiga Pa’ia won both the competitions.
But Father Losi Numia said the event was not about who wins.
What the church wanted was to promote the understanding about the impact of drugs and suicide on families, churches, and the whole country.
“We’re talking about the importance of learning to say no to drugs and suicide,” he said.
“It’s a way of delivering the message to these young ones especially our youth that suicide is not the answer.
“There are people out there that each and everyone of us can share with if we need help…most importantly, don’t forget to pray.
Father Numia believes it’s a message that needs to be delivered everyday.
“We all need to know that life is a gift from God. It’s not something that you lose today then you could get another one at the very next day. That’s a no-no, there’s so much happening in our country today, and reminding these young ones the right decision to make is a must,
“Drugs also drive many of our youths today, we need to work together as a family, church and a country to deliver the message of hope for these young ones.”