Comedian, media presenter and motivational speaker Errol Fabien, along with Gayelle the Channel and the Single Fathers Association of Trinidad and Tobago (SFATT), will host an inaugural walking race open exclusively for fathers and sons.
“Walk-A-Son” is scheduled for June 15 (Father’s Day). The fun event will start at 7 a.m. at the Eddie Hart Grounds in Tacarigua.
The race will proceed west along the Eastern Main Road and end at the Gayelle office in Curepe. Fabien said the “Walk-A-Son” is open exclusively to fathers, stepfathers and grandfathers and their sons and will focus on males, with a view to raising awareness about their specific challenges and legitimate needs. Proceeds from the walking race will go towards establishing a special hotline for the SFATT. Fabien said it is important to partner with the SFATT beyond the fund-raising event.
Fabien described the event as an anti-crime event. “Young men are crying out and I always see extreme behaviour as attention-seeking. It tells me that a lot of men in our country need attention. This is an exclusively male event. We have a desire and a need for attention and this is an opportunity to put us in the spotlight,” Fabien said.
He said although the event is exclusive to men the response from their female counterparts has been overwhelming. He said while females are not allowed to participate in the event their support will be appreciated. “We want to encourage the support of the females, the mothers and wives and sisters and so on can be on the sidelines.
“You could register with three sons, four sons; we want to encourage the men to come with their sons, stepsons, grandfathers, stepfathers, godfathers or any important male figure in their lives. You cannot register alone and you cannot cross the finish line alone. You must wait for whoever you are walking with and this is the essence of the race.”
Fabien emphasised that the event is a substance abuse free event. This really is another anti-crime initiative; it is something for us to meet without the use of drugs. A lot of events we take our children to have a lot of drinking and other substance use. You can come to this event and expect to have a good time without substance use,” Fabien said.
Added attractions for Walk-a-Son race day include prizes for the youngest father-son pair, the most grey-haired pair to cross the finish line and other similar fun categories. Fabien described the event as a fun, family-oriented affair, while emphasising fit and healthy lifestyles, all towards building a spirit of community within the country.
Registration is free and T-shirts will be on sale at the event.
For further information and registration call 378-7770 or visit walk-a-son on facebook .