Churches join efforts for road safety campaign

31 Oct 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The Council of Churches of Namibia (CCN) and Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) are launching a joint road safety campaign.
The churches will collaborate with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), National Road Safety Council, Private Sector Road Safety Forum and other stakeholders for the campaign taking place under the theme ‘Love your neighbour for safer roads’.
Speaking at a media conference here on Tuesday, WEF chairperson, Reverend Lorentz Kuzatjike said road safety is a shared responsibility, hence the church’s decision to actively participate in awareness campaigns.
“The church is directly or indirectly involved when families go through trauma, physical injuries and death caused by road accidents by providing emotional, spiritual and physical support,” said Kuzatjike.
The campaign starts Wednesday and ends 30 January 2018 and will include ‘prayer walks’ at various junctions, crossroads and high accident risk zones.
A prayer week will be held from 12 to 19 November in which different churches countrywide will engage in two to five minute daily prayers for safer roads.
On 19 November, ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims’ will be commemorated with prayer walks at various junctions and crossroads.
The day is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the millions of people killed and injured on the roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.
On 10 December, which is also commemorated worldwide as Human Rights Day, all churches countrywide will be mobilised to participate in prayer walks.
The effort comes after the MVA call centre reported 3 399 motor vehicle accidents on national roads in which 625 people died from 01 January to 29 October this year.