President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the public to remain patient and calm as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the lives of Indonesians across the archipelago.In a mass prayer event held by the Religious Affairs Ministry on Thursday morning, Jokowi encouraged the public to stay optimistic by assisting those in need during these unprecedented times.He also emphasized the importance of praying as a vital component in the country’s efforts to overcome the current health crisis.“Let us face this challenge with patience and composure. Panic is half of the disease, equanimity is half of a cure, and patience determines recovery,” Jokowi said in his opening speech.The President went on to say that he was moved by the rise of community movements that aim to provide for the needs of those bearing the brunt of the health emergency, as it signifies the country’s unwavering commitment to humanitarian causes.“[…] the rise of unity from all corners [of the nation] is a great force that strengthens my belief that we can overcome this disaster together,” Jokowi said.In the same event, COVID-19 national task force head Doni Monardo also called on citizens to support each other and keep practicing preventive measures to minimize the risk of infection.“I believe that, with the spirit of unity and discipline, we will be able to survive [this pandemic],” Doni said.Read also: COVID-19: People will feel calm if govt is credible, SBY saysThe event, which was streamed live on the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel, featured several prominent religious figures, including Muslim scholar Quraish Shihab, Indonesia Confucianism High Assembly (Matakin) chairman Budi S. Tanuwibowo, and Indonesian Council of Bishops chairman Ignatius Cardinal Suharyo.As of Wednesday, Indonesia had confirmed at least 15,438 COVID-19 cases and 1,028 deaths linked to the disease.Topics :
Share LocalNews Friendship Crew brings New Year cheers to the children of Dubique by: – January 4, 2012 Friendship Crew members Oliver St. John addressing the gathering.Still in the spirit of Christmas which is marked by universal giving and sharing, members of the Friendship Crew converged on the southern community of Dubique on Sunday January 1st, 2012 for a very memorable activity at the start of the New Year – 2012.At that activity approximately 40 children (mostly between the ages of 3 to 10 years old) of Dubique were served refreshments and snacks and presented with toys and items of shoes and clothing.The activity was described by leader of the group, Mr. Ronald Charles as a sign of the group’s interest in going out beyond themselves and reaching out to the community, particular the disadvantaged ones. It was a sign of their firm belief in the practice of Christianity. Member of Friendship Crew with children of DubiqueThe villagers of Dubique were very welcoming and displayed great appreciation for the generosity of the group.The Friendship Crew would like to place on record its deep appreciation to the following business interests who partnered with them to make the activity the success that it was. These include Francis Enterprises, Fine Foods Inc., Popeye Ice Cream, Thomas and Archibold Security and of course the members themselves who provided out of their own resources. This is the second of such presentations that group has been involved with during the Christmas Season. On Saturday December 17th 2012, the group presented a Food Hamper (more like a Truck Hamper) to the Delices-based “House of Hope” fraternity.By: Ronald CharlesChairman, Friendship Crew Share Share Tweet 20 Views one comment Sharing is caring!