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Peace walk will raise money for families in need

All together now: Scott Pearman, the MP for Paget East, left, Victor Fishington, trustee at Bright Temple AME Church, Deborah Dean, pastor at Rehoboth Church of God, Glenn Fubler, of Imagine Bermuda, Cordell Riley, a co-ordinator at the Bermuda College, Cindy Campbell, of Christ Church Warwick, Ianthia Simmons-Wade, the MP for Warwick North East, Shawn DeShields, professor at Bermuda College, and Lorenzo Tucker, the president of Warwick Workmen’s Club (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

A community “peace walk” nearly a year in the making is set to take place tomorrow to support families in need in Paget and Warwick.

The activist Glenn Fubler said: “This is part of a movement between ten different community organisations.

“The people involved have been getting together over almost a year since some of the negative events that have happened in this community.”

Reaching out to one another in the wake of violence and antisocial behaviour, the groups decided to bring people together as well as raise funds to support area families in need.

“This is about building solidarity here in Warwick and Paget, but also in the long term in all of Bermuda,” Mr Fubler said.

“In addition to this peace walk, which is symbolic of our community meeting together in the face of challenges impacting our society, we also have a donation opportunity.”

Donations, tagged with “peace walk”, will go towards a food programme from Christ Church Warwick providing full lunches to students in need at Paget Primary and Purvis Primary schools.

Walkers will set out at 4pm from the Bermuda College campus in Paget, along Ord Road and ending at Warwick Workmen’s Club.

Deborah Dean, the pastor at Rehoboth Church of God, one of the organisations that has joined in the alliance, said: “My appeal is that there are two schools chosen to receive meals we have prepared for them, with meat, vegetables, start, dessert and bread.

“These children are unfortunately not in a position where they can have a decent lunch, and our community effort is to help them — and the Warwick and Paget community especially to reach out to this cause.”

Cindy Campbell, a lay member of Christ Church, said that cash donations were being accepted at the church between 10am and noon on weekdays, or at Warwick Workmen’s Club.

Online donations, made to the Clarien Bank account 6000 166 404, should be marked “Peace walk”.

Ms Campbell said that $7 would cover a child’s meal, and $35 would pay for a week of hot meals at school.

Scott Pearman, the One Bermuda Alliance MP for Paget East, has joined in support with Ianthia Simmons-Wade, the Progressive Labour Party MP for Warwick North East.

Ms Simmons-Wade said the walk was “significant because we often talk about what we’re going to do, and we often talk about the challenges within the community, but it’s just talk”.

“If we can get up, walk and donate, it shows your commitment not just to Warwick and Paget but Bermuda as a whole.”

Mr Pearman said that he was “delighted” to take part, with the walk starting from within his constituency.

“It’s great to see a PLP MP and an Opposition MP supporting this effort in a bipartisan way. I would just echo that if you can’t donate, then come out and walk.”

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Published March 17, 2023 at 7:59 am (Updated March 17, 2023 at 8:47 am)

Peace walk will raise money for families in need

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