Sometimes in life we don't always plan what will happen.
Sometimes events play out that we feel we have little control over.
The planning and eventual realisation of the Love2Remember Memorial was one of those events and times.
The seed for the memorial was sown by a single phone call.
The call came to our office in June by a friend of one of the mothers Stella Muma, who was desperately seeking a special birthday card to commemorate what would have been her son Junior Nkwelle’s 16th birthday, which we were able to assist with.
I was able to meet with Stella some weeks later. Whilst adapting the birthday card, I realised that the anniversary of Junior’s death was coming up in September, so in our discussions I offered to help her put together a small memorial for her son, at which point Stella took out her mobile phone and proceeded to give me the names of over 8 other families that had also lost their sons through violent crime; and with that action the ‘For a Love2Remember Memorial’ was born.
It was an exhilarating and at the same time humbling experience to see how much support and interest the Memorial gathered.
It was to be a multi plat-formed event.
It was an event designed to remind all of the lives that the four boys had been enjoying with family, friends, goals and ambitions like any one of us, prior to their lives being cruelly cut short. It was designed for to allow those involved in knife and gun crime to take a closer look at the life that was cut short and reflect on the pain and suffering caused by a single action. It was an opportunity for the families and friends to once again remember their family member by the life that they had lived, rather than now being only remembered for the way that they died.
It is planned to use the platform created by the memorial to look at developing something positive for the future that will help steer our youth to a better path.