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Awareness Programme Aims to Target Alcohol and Substance Abuse

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12/09/2016

Women address those gathered for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness rally through performance and song

Presentation Sisters in Colachel. South India, recently held a rally and event to create awareness for young people around the dangers of alcohol and other substance addictions

Using the United Nations International Day for the Prevention of Addiction, Substance Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the group organised women to march from Nagle Health Centre to St Mary’s Primary School in Colachel on 26 June 2016.  The group planned to march carrying banners and chanting slogans raising awareness of addiction issues.

Although the plan had been to run part of the route with flaming torches, local police requested that the groups use open top vehicles instead for safety reasons.  Young people from local villages like Periyavilai, Kurumbanai, Ritapuram came to the venue with banners and marched as the group played awareness songs.  

Dignitaries gathered to meet the rally at an open air stage.  They included the municipal Chairman, our Vicar Forane, parish priest and various municipal councilors etc.

Participants gather for the rally

The highlight of the program in awareness creation was the performance of ‘Villupattu’ a song with movement enacted by the women of the New Life Centre on the harmful effects of alcohol and how to be free from alcohol addiction through treatment.  We had other cultural programs – from ‘Kalari’ (folk art) to Nagercoil – a drama and awareness dance.

The President, the Vicar Forane and others spoke on ways those addicted can free themselves.  A recovering alcoholic, wife of a recovering alcoholic and a child affected by alcoholism shared about the effects of alcoholism and how the treatment at New Life Centre helped them.

The program for the public was organized by Presentation Sisters, Colachel supported by Friends of Nano.  We hope this will bear fruit in prevention and treatment of alcoholism to some extent in our area.

Submitted by Sr Tessy Pius     

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