Pelita Harapan University launched an abstinence campaign at its campus in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (27/10) in support of the upcoming National Youth Pledge Day. (Photo courtesy of Pelita Harapan University)

Pelita Harapan University Launches Campaign Against Illicit Sex, Alcohol and Drugs

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

OCTOBER 27, 2016

Jakarta. Pelita Harapan University launched an abstinence campaign at its campus in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (27/10) in support of the upcoming National Youth Pledge Day.

With the theme "Designed for Dignity," the campaign is aimed at addressing a myriad of problems facing Indonesia's youth. These are related to premarital sex and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.

More than 300 student leaders from various faculties expressed their support for the campaign by becoming campaign ambassadors.

While a similar campaign took place last year, the university gained the cooperation of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) this year with the signing of a memorandum of understanding in February.

The university's student life department held a series of seminars in accordance with the campaign. Speakers included Stephen Vincent from Breakthrough Mission Foundation Indonesia, Fuad Baraja from the Tobacco Control Commission and UPH vice rector for student affairs Rev. Albert Mitchell Moore.

Moore expressed hope that the campaign would remind people of the reason for their existence and encourage them to stay away from what God would disapprove.

"You are designed for dignity. God said humans were made specifically to glorify His name. If we deviate from our true purpose and say yes to sex, alcohol, and drugs, then our lives will be ruined," he said.

UPH rector Dr. Jonathan L. Parapak also expressed his full support for the campaign and invited students and staff members to read the "Designed for Dignity" declaration, which involves a promise to abide by God's rules.

"We're approaching National Youth Pledge Day, which will take place on Oct. 28. Therefore, let's celebrate the day with our commitment to live free from drugs, alcohol, illicit sex and smoking," the rector said before reading the declaration.

Following the reading, there were performances by students wearing various traditional costumes, symbolizing the unity of Indonesians in the war against premarital sex, alcohol and drugs. There was also a procession during which Moore and other members of the university's senior management pinned Designed for Dignity badges on student leaders as a symbol of their commitment.

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