By Floyd French
The St. Kitts-Nevis Social Security will unveil a magazine on Feb. 1, to commemorate 30 years of social service.
The magazine is a collection of articles written about the Social Security scheme and its pioneers over the 30-year period. The articles are based on interviews of staff members and those involved in the development of the scheme over the years. It will incorporate historical articles, Mr. Chesil Hamilton, Public Relations Officer said, but it will not be an archival document in its entirety.
“Some of it could be viewed as archival material, but we didn’t get to do an in depth archival outlook,” Mr. Hamilton said .
Mr. Hamilton anticipates the magazine will be read by a specific constituency; those who have a keen interest in Social Security. He said that there will be over 1000 hard copies of magazine and an online version. Hamilton also said that the magazine will be commemorative to mark the 30th Anniversary of Social Security and can be used as reference for libraries and people who collect such mementos.
The minister with responsibility for Social Security, Hon. Sam Condor, will make a broadcast address before the magazine is unveiled and launched. Copies of the magazine become available to the public thereafter.
Social Security will have a number of activities through out the year to mark the year long celebration. There will be a church service on Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. at the Antioch Baptist Church, Basseterre, and another church service on Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the Butler’s Church of God in Nevis .
There will also be a street parade on Feb. 7 culminating into a mini-rally at the Old Treasury Building. This activity is expected to be supported by stakeholders. Similarly, there will be a street parade from the Museum of Nevis History to the Memorial on Nevis on Feb. 15.
In addition, there are events for pensioners who are the main benefactors of the scheme. On Feb. 16 there will be a picnic for pensioners at the Cable and Wireless Grounds, Needsmust; and an island tour on Mar. 7 for Nevisian pensioners.
On Feb. 19 and 20 there will be symposia on cancer awareness in St. Kitts and Nevis respectively. The St. Kitts symposium will be at the UWI Centre and the Nevis symposium will be at the Red Cross Building, Charlestown. Also, on World Health and Safety at Work Day, Apr. 28, there will be a symposium on health and safety issues.
There will also be drama and folklore activities in April at the Basseterre High School in St. Kitts and the Nevis Cultural Centre. The presentations will depict the history and development of Social Security.
Mr. Hamilton urged support for these and other activities. He said Social Security would make speeches at schools throughout the year and he urged community groups to request similarly presentations.