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Reggae Girlz offer encouragement to adolescent mothers

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Members of Jamaica's national women's football team, the Reggae Girlz, visited the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) on Monday, where they interacted with the adolescent mothers at the Trafalgar Road-based facility and offered words of encouragement.

The visit was part of a series of activities organised by the Government to celebrate the team's historic qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, who was on hand, advised the teen mothers to use the achievement of the women's football team to motivate and inspire them to pursue their goals.

“The Reggae Girlz are a motivating force and offer a good message for you. [Qualifying for the World Cup] was not easy for them. Just the training and being disciplined to reach where they have reached should be an example to you that regardless of the challenges, you can achieve,” said Grange.

“You must also see yourself achieving and becoming as great as the Reggae Girlz in your own way, no matter what the challenges,” she added, while urging the teens to cheer for the players in France.

Captain of the team, Konya Plummer, encouraged the adolescent mothers to keep believing in themselves and to trust in God, as well as to be strong and courageous.

WCJF student, Kaci-Ann Henry, congratulated the team on their historic achievement.

“We teen mothers, along with all Jamaicans, are so proud of the team, and we can't wait until 2019 to watch you play and dominate. This team of women have inspired us young women to work hard continuously and to fight for what we want to achieve in life. We understand that we might face challenges and setbacks, but once we maintain a burning desire to excel we can move mountains,” she said.


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