2016 Protect the Children Gala

Initiatives to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Supported by Community Leaders

South Florida: The Diaspora NUH GUH DEH Campaign is working to ensure a cohesive effort in combating child sex abuse in the local and international community. As members of the Diaspora began to understand some of the systemic and social issues around preventing the rape and molestation of our children, it was quickly recognized that leadership and financial support are critical factors in reducing these incidents; hence The ‘Protect Them’ Gala. Protect Them is intended to convene and mobilize leaders to raise funds for ongoing initiatives to support victims and educate communities.   

A full house of civic and community leaders, artistes and tastemakers are expected at the “Protect Them Gala.” Confirmed celebrities include Cedella Marley, CEO of Tuff Gong International and Betty Wright, R&B singer and founder of the Mister Mister Foundation Inc. “Through his music, my Dad talked about fighting for freedom and standing up for your rights; I am supporting this noteworthy cause because, I believe every child deserves the chance to be free from abuse mentally and physically. This initiative is one critical step in creating opportunities for them to succeed,” says Marley.

“Protect Them” will also bring awareness to the fact that while girls are most affected by child sex abuse, boys are also at risk and it is important to educate both genders to decrease the number of victims and perpetrators.

The “Protect Them” Gala is planned for Saturday, April 23rd at the Carolina Golf Club in Margate; concluding National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Endorsements have been received from:  UNICEF; The Consul General of Jamaica to Miami; Elected Officials and their Offices such as, Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness; Mayor Wayne Messam-City of Miramar; Commissioner Ken Thurston and Commissioner Howard Berger-City of Lauderhill; The Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill; Caribbean National Weekly, South Florida Caribbean News; Irie FM; R&B singer Betty Wright and Cedella Marley, daughter of Bob Marley.  

For more information on the “Protect Them” Gala and “NUH GUH DEH” Diaspora Campaign email: events@jiffd.org and/or visit: www.jiffd.org.

Raising Awareness for the protection of our children      

NUH GUH DEH Campaign

2017 Protect Th e Children

 Gala to create awareness against child sexual abuse Saturday April 29th

April is National Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and Female Development World Organization in Association with Kiwanis Club of Lauderhill invites youth and children advocates to the second annual Protect the Children Gala. Local and international leaders will gather on Saturday, April 29th at 7:00PM at the Hyatt Regency, Fort Lauderdale for an elegant evening designed to inspire activities and funds to support organizations in South Florida and Jamaica working with the survivors of child sexual abuse.

“Everyone is affected by child sexual abuse,” said Lavern Deer, the event’s organizer. “Many of us know someone who has been victimized, most of us worry about our children and those we love becoming victims, and unfortunately, some may even know perpetrators. So this is everyone’s issue and as such, we must all rally for education and awareness towards the goal of prevention.” 

This formal black-tie affair includes a  cocktail reception and silent auction where guests will have opportunities to network with international leaders in business, arts, politics, community and culture. Throughout the evening guests will have a chance to learn more about the epidemic and ways in which they can become involved to protect the children.

Sponsors include Florida Power and Light (FPL), Tuff Gong International, IRIE FM, and Caribbean National Weekly. Sponsorship opportunities are available and community and business leaders are invited to partner in the cause.

Protect the Children 2016 – the inaugural event- was a widely-touted success and has been endorsed by Jamaica’s Minister of Education Youth and Information the Honorable Senator Ruel Reid as well as UNICEF Jamaica. Business, community, faith and cultural leaders are encouraged to also lend a voice, by purchasing tickets or tables for this necessary event.

Tickets are currently available at early-bird rates and can be purchased at EVENTBRITE