CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Mr. ROBERT H. O. CORBIN, M.P. Leader of the People's National Congress Reform & Leader of the Opposition December 23, 2006



FELLOW GUYANESE AND ALL OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE VISITING GUYANA DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON,

Its Christmas time again!

Christmas is indeed a time for giving, for sharing and for expressing good will to our fellow men. While it is of Christian origin, its message is universal and can be embraced by people of all faiths. It is my sincere hope that all Guyanese reflect on the true meaning of this season that is centered on the Divine Birth of Jesus the Christ, who brought hope to mankind everywhere.

Let us, therefore, use this period to rekindle and strengthen the foundation of the Guyanese family and that as a people we demonstrate in practical ways goodwill towards each other

The year 2006 was a very challenging one for all Guyanese; it was a year of crucial decision making in the midst of great tension. Notwithstanding disappointment and in some cases provocation, the exemplary response of the people confounded the prophets of doom and we have survived as a people to celebrate another Christmas. Let me therefore use this opportunity to once again thank all Guyanese but particularly, our supporters everywhere for their steadfastness and commitment.

As we celebrate this Christmas season with our families in true Guyanese tradition, eating our pepper-pot and drinking our ginger beer, please find the time to think of those who are less fortunate in our society:

• The homeless and destitute;
• The senior citizens who find it difficult to live on their pensions;
• The orphans and other needy children;
• The disadvantaged and the sick, especially those who are afflicted with the deadly HIV/AIDS disease.

Let us not forget those who have jobs but still find it difficult to make ends meet because of meagre incomes. Let each of us pledge that in some small way we will do something to bring happiness to them at this time. I believe that in so doing, we will be demonstrating that we understand the true meaning of this season.

May I also take this opportunity to wish all those who celebrate the festival of Kwanza, a HAPPY KWANZA. May we use this opportunity to reflect on the seven principles of this observance: Unity, Self Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Co-operative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith!

I also wish to bid a special welcome to all Guyanese and friends of Guyana who have come home at this time to experience a true Guyanese Christmas and to reunite with your families and friends. May you enjoy this season in beautiful Guyana and leave with renewed hope for the future of our dear beloved country.

On behalf of my Family, my Party and on my own behalf, I extend best wishes to all of you for a very Merry Christmas. May God richly bless you and may you also enjoy continuous health and happiness throughout the New Year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Robert H. O. Corbin
Leader of the PNCR & Leader of the Opposition