Students of the Babonneau Secondary school today engaged in an anti-suicide march which was supported by the Babonneau police.
One of the organisers, Alice Medard, told the Times that the activity was undertaken as part of the school’s contribution to the RBC Young Leaders competition under the general theme theme: “I am we, volunteering for impact.”
“For our specific project we decided to do ‘Suicide – Not an option’,” Medard told the Times.
She recalled that over the past two years there have been several suicides in Babonneau.
“Our students have been affected because they are relatives, cousins and so on,” the Babonneau Secondary school teacher explained.
Medard said today’s march, complete with placards, the chanting of slogans and the distribution of positive messages printed on paper with ‘smileys’, urged residents of the community of Babonneau to give life a chance.
“There are persons out there who care,” she asserted, adding that the participants in the march wanted people to know that there are persons they can turn to when they face life’s challenges.
Medard told the Times that those persons include the police.
“If you have a problem go to the police station,” she declared.
The anti-suicide march saw participation by an estimated 30o students who were accompanied by parents and police officers.
The march took them from the Babonneau Secondary School to Hill 20 and back.
Medard said other activities in the community have been planned by the Babonneau Secondary School in the anti-suicide campaign.