Children to honour memory of fathers
Fatherless children will be given the opportunity to honour the memory of their fathers at a “We Love You Dad” celebration.
The event, taking place tomorrow to kick off Father’s Day weekend, will also highlight other fathers who have decided to mentor the children in the Champions Programme.
It will include a moment of silence for Shawn Crockwell, the independent MP who died last week, who was both a board member of Gina Spence Productions and the man behind the idea of a “Celebration of Fathers”.
There will be a donation table and a “We Love You Dad” tribute box for those who wish to write tributes in memory of the dads who have passed away. Those tributes will be gathered by GSP, who will also “pray for those families in remembrance of their fathers” on Father’s Day.
The “We Love You Dad” celebration will begin on the steps of City Hall, where a Father’s Day Proclamation will be read by Michael Dunkley, the Premier, at 5.30pm.
Activities include a fun castle, face painting, and a selfie station where children can take a picture with their fathers to post on social media.
There will be performances by Lady Tyson, Jazz saxophonist Calvin Simons, Kings Kids and Gombeys.
The GSP will be presenting prizes to the Department of Youth and Sport after-school programmes that submitted banner projects with “We Love You, Dad” themes.
The Champions Programme provides educational scholarships, school uniforms, counselling, and healthy food items for children who have lost their fathers and are left behind from gun violence and homicide in Bermuda. It has assisted 57 children so far, and one family has been sent abroad to the Comfort Zone Camp, a non-profit bereavement camp that seeks to transform the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or legal guardian.
The GSP is in the process of bringing the Comfort Zone Camp to Bermuda.