Labrador City, Newfoundland

Sixteen hundred chocolate bars and a bake sale.  That’s what it cost about 20 kids in Wabush-Labrador City to send a delegation to a youth rally promoting chastity, sponsored by the interdenominational Canadian Youth Pro-Life Organization (CYPLO), held here September 28/29.

Labrador City has a population of 10,000.  Nearby Wabush has 4,000.  About 20 young people aged 12-18 form the youth pro0life group.  With conviction and enthusiasm, they raised the $1,600 needed to send Jennifer Wells, 15; Cindy Hamlyn, 16; and their adult advisor Viva Adams to the CYPLO rally.  They loved it.

Really believe

Today, pro-life teens who believe in chastity tend to feel isolated.  Jennifer and Cindy say it was exciting to discover that there are a lot of pro-lifers out there, young people like themselves who really believe in what keynote speaker Molly Kelly described as “saved sex, not safe sex.”

They say Molly Kelly, Maureen Whelan Huduk, and the other speakers really get the message of chastity across.  Today when there is so much pressure on teens to be sexually active, many young people are ashamed to be virgins.  The CYPLO rallies confirm them in what they know is right, and help them be strong in living up to their ideals.

For Jennifer Wells and Cindy Hamlyn, it’s back to fundraising in Labrador for another CYPLO rally.  They would love to go themselves, but they realize that other members of their group also deserve the opportunity.

High number of abortions

Their advisor Viva Adams – mother, teacher and active member of the Pentecostal Church – is very concerned about the youth of Labrador.  “Our young people know that early sexual activity is considered the way to go today.  They know that most of the world is pro-abortion, and they are exposed to the ‘safe sex’ message.  We see a connection with Labrador’s high number of abortions and high teen suicide rate.  We want to attack the problem at the source,” she said.

Mrs. Adams videotaped the proceedings of the Charlottetown rally, to take its messages and flavour back to Wabush-Labrador City.

“We can’t change the world.  We can’t change Canada.  But we can do something to change Labrador City and Wabush,” she observed.