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'Stand up & be counted'- Hon Fraser tells youth

- said the Virgin Islands Party remains committed to the youth of the territory
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said that for youths to guarantee their secure future they should work to create that future for themselves and noted that change for the better when young people decide that enough is enough. Photo: VINO
Part of the motorcade yesterday. Photo: VINO
Part of the motorcade yesterday. Photo: VINO
Poizon Band of St Thomas performing. Photo: VINO
Poizon Band of St Thomas performing. Photo: VINO
More vehicles in the motorcade. Photo: VINO
More vehicles in the motorcade. Photo: VINO
Vehicles streaming into Festival Grounds for the rally. Photo: VINO
Vehicles streaming into Festival Grounds for the rally. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Honourable Julian Fraser RA (R3) said that for the youth of the territory to guarantee a secured future they should work to create that future for themselves. He noted that change for the better can only come when young people decide that enough is enough.

He was speaking to mainly youths at the VIP Youth Rally and Motorcade held yesterday June 6, 2015 at the Festival Grounds in Road Town. It was organised by the youth arm of the VIP, the Ready Committee and while modest at first, the crowd gradually picked up.

“Young people are changing the world every day, when fed up of the status quo they become catalysts of change in their society through social media, involvement on the ground or with fresh ideas brought to the table,” he said.

He noted that lack of employment opportunities and leadership education programmes that cannot compete with the region and the world, lack of incentives for ideas… “All of these issues is why on June 8, we will stand up and be counted.”

Telling them that they are at one of the best times of their lives, he said young people can be involved in the political process, observe their environment, talk to their counterparts about what matters, challenge what they see and hear, register to vote and ultimately vote for the right candidates.

VIP evidently serious about the youth

The Virgin Islands Party's position on the importance of tackling youth issues and getting youth involved in the decision making process is evident on the emphaisis it has placed on its youth arm, the Ready Committee and having the youngest candidate for the general elections tomorrow June 8, 2015 on their slate- Territorial At Large Representative, Ms Sharie B. de Castro. Ms de Castro, a former school teacher and Miss BVI, has been described as highly intelligent, full of ideas for youth development and possessing a passion for seeing them coming to pass.

In addition to that, the Virgin Islands Party has made it know that it was under its government that a vibrant scholarship programe was established, which opened the doors for many Virgin Islanders to gain scholarships to attend the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) and to various colleges and universities abroad.

Hon Fraser said party remains committed to youth development but also urged them to seize the opportunities for a secured future by being motivated, industrious and a vessel for change.

“Now all of the above might seem hard but it is not. It is who you are at the deepest level. Don’t sit back and let life pass you by [thereby] letting someone steal your voice. The time is now. Stand up and be counted. Use whatever platform you have. Use them constructively,” he said.

He noted that everyone has a voice and a role to play. “Be a part of the movement for change…remember the best way to predict your future is to create it. We must all speak up. We must all work for it. We must all stand up and be counted if our vision of a better life is to become a reality,” he said.

The respected legislator urged that the youth show loyalty to self, family and country and said the voice of the youth is the voice of the future and it can be never be removed from them. "You must choose right now. Will you be a simple passenger on this journey or will you stand up and be counted?" he asked.

16 Responses to “'Stand up & be counted'- Hon Fraser tells youth”

  • seeit (07/06/2015, 10:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I didnt get to see the motorcade. I was standing by Supa Value and them cut in by station avenue. Not fair to the little kids who were waiting to wave their green flags.
  • ... (07/06/2015, 10:43) Like (17) Dislike (14) Reply
    Nice words premier fraser
  • action (07/06/2015, 10:48) Like (25) Dislike (7) Reply
    Let's say vip all the way
  • ooooo (07/06/2015, 10:51) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
  • HOLY (07/06/2015, 10:55) Like (29) Dislike (8) Reply
    I don't know who to vote yet I think I will give my X to the vip team
  • Street reporter (07/06/2015, 11:52) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    Frazer is our best opposition member--courageous---brave--leaves no stones unturned--we need him to remain as our opposition rep.--We will be well served.
    • Hmm (07/06/2015, 12:58) Like (21) Dislike (6) Reply
      If he was so good in the Opposition just imagine him as Premier fighting for ALL of us.
  • Street reporter (07/06/2015, 12:04) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    If VIP should win--Dr. Carl Dawson is the right one to be Premier--Fahie and Frazer are stained--Mr. Dawson is of good character--likable--fair--firm--bright--Godly--no baggage..That`s the leader VIP needs to move forward with. Time to keep this talk real.
  • jokers (07/06/2015, 12:53) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    God have everything in his hands ndp 6 seats --vip 6 seats --Dancia jumps over to vip and she is the premier
    Dancia for premier
  • Premier Frazer (07/06/2015, 13:39) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Frazer you keep talking about Marine industry is a Gold mine--and it is, I agree--but we have a present health and agriculture crisis on our hands--I know people who won`t go to peeple's hospital rather stay home and try home care because of the fees..(Drop the fees get more people going for care, keep nurses and doctors busy and at the end of the day the country is happy)---Whats your plan for agriculture and health as Premier.
  • Yes (07/06/2015, 13:49) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    Vip will win the election
  • 911 (07/06/2015, 17:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    cant wait until fraser is chief!
  • Voter Too (07/06/2015, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tomorrow is the big day. Let us go out and have a peaceful election and come what may accept the outcome and leave the rest to the Almighty. If it is full of fraud then there is a penalty/sins to be bared by the government and the people and if not then the country gonna run good or fair
  • Voter Too (07/06/2015, 17:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes let's pray for a free and fair and free of fear election. Go out and exercise your rights and may God's blessings be upon all of us.
  • Street reporter (07/06/2015, 21:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Winners for tomorrow---At-large-Dr. Smith, Myron, Dr. Dawson, Dancia-------District, Mitch, Fahie, Frazer, Mark, Zoe, Alvera, Olivine, Marlon, All out-------NDP 6----VIP 6----Independent 1----------EQUAL, LOTS OF CONFUSION.-- HOPE NOT---HOPE I AM WRONG----TOO MUCH CONFUSION AND LAW SUIT--DON`T WANT THAT.

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