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2 groups honour Seetahal’s memory
This Sunday marks two weeks since Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal was assassinated while on her way to her Woodbrook home. Despite repeated assurances from the top brass of the law enforcement agencies no one has been arrested for her murder. Seetahal was an avid health enthusiast who participated in many races and marathons. In honour of her life and work, the T&T Road Runners Club will be doing two laps around the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, tomorrow, starting at 6 am at the Queen’s Royal College.
Participants are asked to wear the national colours. President of the club, David Spicer, described the run as “paying tribute to a fallen road runner.” Saying Seetahal was a member of the club from 1985 to 1992, Spicer added, “We decided to do something internal because she was a marathon runner and a member of the club.” He said the information about the run was posed on Facebook and since then people who were not club members have joined the run.
“At first we decided to do something small, it was just meant to be internal. But since it was posted it has exploded and turned into something totally different,” Spicer said. He estimated between 50 to 125 people would be participating in the run. Spicer added: “This run is not about making a statement or anything like that and we certainly do not want it be seen that we are jumping on anyone’s bandwagon.” He said he did not personally know Seetahal as he only became club president a year ago.
Meanwhile, the Powerful Ladies of T&T (Plott) will be continuing its silent gathering in memory of Seetahal. The group’s chairman and co-founder Gillian Friday said it would take place today from midnight until 1 am “and every Saturday indefinitely.” She said all were invited to join and light a candle at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain. The group was founded on November 25, 2011 by Catherine Kumar, CEO of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Gillian Wall, Group CEO, IBB Global.
On its Facebook page Plott explained the purpose of the continued gathering. It said it firmly believed:
• Dana, You, We…T&T are definitely worth the sacrifice
• As a nation we need to go still, go within, shut out the noise and distraction
• Too many are unclear of what they personally stand for and how great/powerful they/we truly are
• A silent conversation with self, a personal commitment and sacrifice for a greater good, for others, can and will do wonders to restore a sense of hope, pride and confidence both in self and T&T as a whole
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