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An exemplary act by a father…Between these lines

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2020. 11:38 am CST.

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By Glenn Tillett: Between these lines …

In the throes of the furor over an alleged step-father killing a toddler, and as intermittent sheets of cold rain and wind blew across the City, the sight of this young father tenderly caring for his sleeping son Monday morning warmed my heart and lifted my spirits.

He is out almost daily pushing his bicycle cart, selling tamales, dukunu, and corn porridge, a welcome repast to warm your very bones in the cold and wind. His stern expression as he pensively contemplated his childrearing duties belied the light that shone from his eyes as he explained that his wife could not manage today and rather than leaving his son unattended he was nanny until he had made the day’s sales.

The tableau reminded me that the seemingly indefatigable Dara Robinson who, although having grown to iconic status in the national imagination, needs all our assistance to continue his yeoman 2 decades-long work of feeding hungry neighbourhood children attending two nearby primary schools.

Like this vendor he serves up love and food, sustenance for the spirt of national well being and the young bodies that will lead this nation even after we have demitted this vale of sorrows.

Dara’s is no fancy-pantsy foundation whose principals hobnob with the rich, famous and powerful. He is but a simple citizen who has taken up the duty of being a father-figure to children whose parents and guardians cannot provide to and for their needs.

Indeed education powers this nation so give, whether it be cash or kind, respect in every aspect.



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