‘Blessing of the boat’ marks Fete St Anne celebrations
Residents of mahaut came together to celebrate the blessing of the boat, one of the many activities which formed part of the Fete St Anne’s celebrations on Saturday July 24th 2010. Minister for Environment and Fisheries, Honourable Kenneth Darroux said that the fishing industry has come a long way and noted that the hard work and dedication that is being injected into the industry is in an effort to ensure its sustainability. He said that the government of Dominica has realized the importance of the fishing industry and is currently investing in another fishing complex in the town of Portsmouth with funds amounting to approximately 2 million.
Minister for Community Development, Honourable Gloria Shillingford said that it is always better when individuals decide to combine their skills and resources in a cooperative or group setting.
“This makes for effective cooperation and greater productivity. Your motto, give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day and teach a man how to fish and feed him for life, united we stand, all for one and one for all, is a clear indication that you are very conscience of the benefits to be derived from team work as opposed to individuals endeavors,” said ms shillingford
Parliamentary Representative for the Mahaut constituency, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore stated that a community can not be built on selfishness, greed and violence as he called on the residents of Mahaut to condemn all violent activities, especially during the festivities.
“We should not use the feast of St Anne to settle the scores with anybody. We should use the feast of St Anne to celebrate our differences, to demonstrate cooperation and love in the community with togetherness,” said the Parliamentary Representative.