Hope Festival – Bringing Hope To The Youths
The 2011 Hope Festival Concert can be deemed a resounding success with hundreds of young people turning out at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on Friday evening to be inspired through an energetic session of preaching and performances put together especially for them.
Guest performers Sherwin Gardener and Deitrick Haddon kept the crowd alive and in action, belting out inspirational messages through their lively performances and bringing down the curtains on a successful week of Hope Festival 2011.
Organiser of the event Michael Turnbull told http://www.bvihotpress.com that this year’s event was amazing and he was pleased to see so many youths coming out to the concert for a positive event on a Friday night.
He also revealed that the show once again has been covered by Tempo’s Rise and Shine will be aired on Tempo with millions of viewers getting an opportunity to see the event.
Mr. Turnbull said it is his hope that the festival will help young people to accept that they can do anything that they put their minds to and to also give them hope.
“No matter how you feel, no matter where you from, no matter how much money you have, no matter what people say about you, that you can believe in yourself to do great things,” said Mr. Turnbull.
He said if everyone can find their value as a person in the community, they will make the BVI and hopefully the world a better place.
Explaining how the event first started in the BVI, Mr. Turnbull said six years ago he wanted to make a difference and he and his brother Mitch started it, with his brother doing the YouthRallies and him the Hope Festival.
“We start this to change this community. Enough people talking about the youth but not enough doing anything. The goal is to try to empower youths from different angles.”
Mr. Turnbull envisions the growth of Hope Festival and by 2015, he expects hotels to be booked out for the event and having it moved to a bigger location to accommodate an expected growing crowd.
For those interested in learning more or joining the Foundation, they can visit http://www.hopefestivalvi.com where they can also make contact via email. Turnbull said they have a youth camp coming up and expect some 7000 children and is in need of volunteers while there is also a prison programme coming up organized by his brother Mitch.