Community Bain Town Revival: "Celebration of Love", July 24th
By Kimberly King-Burns
Jul 24, 2010 - 12:37:08 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The entire community is invited to a
"Celebration of Love" on
Saturday, July 24th at George Brown Park in Bain Town.
Enjoy activities from 11am to 12 midnight, starting with Booth
Workshops from 11am to 4pm and Inspirational Talks and Concert from 4pm
to 12 midnight.
The event is
co-founded by Van Brown and Franco Charles. Van Brown is a Bahamian actor and community activist and is one of the stars of the Bahamian film,
Children of God; and Franco Charles is
A gifted teacher, preacher, information entrepreneur, motivator and Author of Empowered To Serve and Empowered Leadership.
There will be food and refreshments; bouncing castle; basketball shootout; face painting; raffles; spelling competition; games and more!
A LETTER FROM VAN BROWN:
It May Concern:
My name is Van Brown. I am a
native of the Bahamas currently living in Los Angeles. Recently I was back in
my hometown for the opening of the Bahamas Film Festival where the movie I
acted in called “Children of God” kicked off the show. I was thrilled to be
home for such an event but became greatly distraught at all the negative images
I encountered while there. I was quickly reminded of the fact that I grew up in
one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Nassau but most importantly I
became aware of my ability to make a difference.
I realize that my community of
Bain and Grants Town is filled with beautiful people; some of whom lack
discipline, positive role models and in some instances hope. Most of us are
from low-income families and lack the skills, drive and resources necessary to
tunnel our way out of our present situations.
This realization has spurned in
me a strong desire to change that.
believe that by having “one of their own” demonstrate that through hard work, commitment,
dedication and integrity they can improve their lives and foster in their
spirits a ray of hope and more importantly the ability to dream.
The passion to assist people in
need arose in my early years while observing my parents helping others even
when they themselves needed assistance. And so in honor of my parents and
especially in memory of my late father Sidney “BUBBA” Brown it is our intention
to reach out to our community through an event we have lovingly named
The purpose of Celebration of Love is to foster the missing
ingredient that seems to be lacking in the community and this ingredient is
“LOVE.” A host of volunteers and myself will go into this impoverished
area I once called home; an area where my family still resides and where my
roots are buried in an effort to
overwhelm them with love through
the sharing of our resources, experiences, and talents- teaching
them about self control, awareness, responsibility, pride and community
service. I feel that by sharing ourselves with them they in-turn will
revert to once again sharing with each other.
The purpose of this letter is to
seek your assistance in terms of possibly repainting the park, making available
portable potties, possibly blocking of thirty feet of each side of George Brown
Park to make room for more activities and to have nurses available to provide
health screenings and pressure checks.
As my team and I will be bringing a lot of
items for the event, we also would like your assistance in possibly having the
customs duty reduced or possibly even an exemption on these items listed below-
the cost of which is approximately $2,000. I hope to have the exact amount to
you in a timely fashion; once all the donations have been collected. The items
are as follow:
Professional costumes such as fireman,
nurses, doctor, astronaut, policeman, diver, army and air force which the
children can wear to take pictures in and also to show career choices.
3. Award plaques, DVD players,
watches, cameras, films, Celebration of Love T-Shirt
We are indeed proud to inform you
that Scotia bank has signed on as our official corporate sponsor as well as The
Nygard Family and will have Ms Bianca Nygard in attendance. For the
entertainment we have secured international soul recording artist Ms Lauren
Evans as well as various local talents such as Mr. Ricardo Forbes. The national
youth ambassador Ms Sacha Armbrister along with Recess Bahamas will also be in
attendance. Also in addition, we are happy to announce that Island FM Eddie
Carter and Robin Hood will be on board. We hope to have your assistance and
more importantly your presence.