Organisers of the ‘Walking Up West March Against Violence’ that saw nearly 400 school students and supporters participate in a symbolic march against violence in Bermuda, are today hailing the first-ever event of its kind, as a major success.
When contacted by Bermuda Real the day after, Desmond Crockwell of Youth Visionz Promotions said: “I think we can see how easy it is to influence and encourage the little ones to get involved, by their enthusiasm.
“Even the Middle School students got more involved as the speeches went on. Overall, it was a good day.”
He also extended a warm ‘thank you’ to “invited guests Antonio, Brotha Richie, Live Wires and Tianna Saltus, from Open Your Heart Foundation, as they helped to carry the message”.
The marchers were escorted by police along the main roads from Sandys Secondary Middle School, where the 45-minute lunchtime walk started and then moved down to Somerset Primary School before finishing up at Somerset Cricket Club.
Sandys Secondary Middle School students were also joined by students from TN Tatem Middle School to hear the rallying call against violence.
Students from each group were asked to show who can shout ‘I can make a difference’ the loudest at the end of the rally and the older students were resoundingly defeated by the Somerset Primary youngsters.
- CEOLA WILSON