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Kamla: One day not enough to thank fathers

Monday, June 19 2017

OPPOSITION Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar urged the nation’s fathers to re-dedicate themselves to their role as protector and nurturer of their families in her Fathers Day message yesterday.

“One day is simply not enough to thank fathers for the enormous contributions they, and parents make, in moulding our children.

“We look to fathers as role models, counsellors, teachers and caregivers. Their morals and values provide a foundation that helps to shape and develop our children into exceptional individuals and valuable members of our society.” She hailed her own father for motivating her to always push for excellence in academics, in my profession and in my personal life, him having made personal sacrifices to provide for his children and afford them every opportunity to succeed, just like other fathers did.

“It takes courage and strength to raise a child in the current environment of insecurity and uncertainty in Trinidad and Tobago, and I commend the many fathers who have taken up this duty.

“While the concept of the family has evolved, with parents sharing the responsibility of ensuring the emotional, physical and intellectual development of their children, fathers are viewed as sources of strength and tend to take on the role of protectors of their families.” Persad-Bissessar hailed those single parents who must play the demanding roles of both father and mother. “To the single fathers and single mothers, I applaud your courage, and wish you the strength to continue on your path.” She said, “There are also many in our country who have not experienced a father’s love, and some who may have never had a father in their lives while growing up. It is my hope that where fathers are absent, others have stepped in and taken on that role, providing care and love to so many of our sons and daughters.” Persad-Bissessar asked all to spare a thought for those persons whose fathers have passed away.

“To those experiencing sorrow and loss at this time, I wish you God’s grace. Take solace in the fact that your fathers will always live on in the memories you keep.

“On this occasion of Fathers Day, I send my fondest wishes to all citizens who have taken up this sacred duty. I wish all fathers and their families health, happiness and every success.”

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