A local community group has issued a rallying call for parents, pastors and politicians to join the west end community in ‘Our Youth Younite’ event geared to promote anti-violence in Bermuda.

When contacted by Bermuda Real, Desmond Crockwell, YouthVision Director, said it all starts with a walk from Woody’s Sports Bar to the Somerset Cricket Club, on Saturday, June 10.

“Parents, guardians, youth workers, pastors and politicians, this is a call to support the voices of our youth,” he said.

“We would like to invite (Somerset) Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents and neighbours to bring a young person/people to sing, walk and dance with us as we move from Woody’s Sports Bar to the Somerset Cricket Club promoting love, peace, unity and anti-violence in the West End community.

“Please Bermuda, let’s realise that children are great imitators, so let’s give them something great to imitate,” he added.

“We believe that many, most, if not all of Bermuda will understand the value of our youth and will respect the voice of our youth.

“Even the most gangster of gangsters respect and value the voice of the youth. This represents a sense of community connection that everyone should appreciate and want to be a part of,” said Mr Crockwell.

“We saw this community connect previously, and it was a powerful moment for these youth of Somerset.”

He also noted that “Over the past two years, Bermuda has been hit hard by the impacts of COVID”.

“Restrictions have caused mass gatherings, such as school visits, public demonstrations, and public forums to be more difficult to plan.”

Moving forward, he said the event will feature entertainment with “free refreshments along the way, so this should be exciting”.

“We are leaving Woody’s at 7:30pm and it should take about 60 minutes maximum to reach Somerset Cricket Club, depending on how long the gombeys take to entertain the onlookers.”

Stay tuned!