Children left behind by gun violence to be given a voice
Children left behind as a result of gun and gang violence will share their stories as part of an upcoming event aimed at giving hope to Bermuda.
Gina Spence Productions is hosting a virtual fundraising concert and presentation Save Our Island which will be live-streamed across various channels on Sunday at 7.30pm.
Gina Spence, founder of the charity Gina Spence Productions which provides support to those who have lost loved ones through gun and gang violence, said: “The voice of the child has never been heard.
“The voices of some of the surviving parents have never been heard and our objective is to educate and empower people, and to reach out to others who maybe just starting the journey of grief.
“The stories are going to be very powerful, I believe Bermuda needs to hear their stories.”
Ms Spence said about six children will share their stories and said that one of the charity’s “champions”, an 11-year-old boy who lost his father to gun violence several years ago, this week won a leadership award from his school.
The event will also feature discussions with clinicians, counsellors and the charity’s treasurer who lost her son to gun violence.
The event will raise awareness of 72 children left behind to gun and gang violence and aims to raise $75,000 for the charity’s Champions Programme which provides clinical and social support as well as essential items to children affected by homicide.
Bermudian duo Last Call, whose track Victory with American songwriter and producer Fred Jerkins III was the number one gospel song for two weeks on the US Billboard Charts in 2019, will also perform some songs, including two new tracks.
Tricray Astwood of Last Call said of the concert: “Expect amazing music and great energy. It’s free and very seldom will you get this level of production for free.”
He said is was “a privilege and honour” to work with Gina Spence Productions.
His band mate Adrian Jones added: “You will also be able to hear from the children and families and draw strength from their stories.”
Ms Spence said: “Our community still struggles with gun and gang-related violence. Victims often leave children behind to make sense of their parent's death.
“Gina Spence Productions is the only grief-specific organisation for children in Bermuda. Without the proper grief support, the tendency for perpetual antisocial behaviour is increased and the cycle of injury continues to advance.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by visiting: www.ginaspenceproductions.com, by calling: 296-0016 or e-mailing: email@example.com