9:30 a.m., Aug. 28)
Dapo Fun Day raises money, awareness for peace foundation
By Fred Sherwin
Agoro Foundation for Peace bursary recipient Gabriela Umanzor is flanked by Abiola
and Bashir Agoro during a break in the Dapo Day festivities on Saturday. Fred
was shining and spirits were high on Saturday as more than 100 people took part
in the ninth annual Dapo Fun Day in Blackburn Hamlet.
event is held annually in memory of Oladapo Agoro, an 18-year-old high school
student who was tragically stabbed to death while trying to break up a fight just
days before his high school graduation.
Fun Day is organized by the Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace, which was founded
in 2005 to carry on Dapo's legacy as a peacemaker by promoting non-violent conflict
raised during the event help pay for two busaries at Dapo's alma mater, Lester
B. Pearson High School, and Gloucester High School.
year's Gloucester High School recipient, Gabriela Umanzor, dropped by Glen Park
with her father to thank the Agoro family for the award.
to receiving the bursary, Umanzor had never heard of Dapo Agoro or his story.
In fact, she wasn't even aware that she had been nominated for the award until
she was called up on stage during her graduation ceremony.
was a total surprise. I guess I was nominated by some of my teachers and I was
lucky enough to get chosen," said Umanzor, who now knows a great deal about
Dapo, including several things they have in common.
instance, at the time he was killed, Dapo was planing to take criminology at the
University of Ottawa. Umanzor is currently enrolled in the program and plans to
be a lawyer.
Dapo, she has also been relied upon to act as a mediator among her friends and
get a lot of people coming to me for advice and I always try to help them any
way I can," said Umanzor.
Dapo Agoro Foundation for Peace wants to continue handing out bursaries and the
Agoro family wants to step up their efforts to take their message into local schools,
especially with the 10th anniversary of Dapo Day slated for next year.
so much more we want to do and there's so many people we haben't touched yet,"
said Dapo's older sister Shola. "The subject of knife violence is not going
away. Where I live in Toronto, you hear about it almost every day."
said next year's Dapo Day will feature a number of special guest speakers, a beefed
up musical line-up and a special ceremony at Dapo's monument in the park.
be here 10 years is pretty special," said Shola. "When we organized
the very first Dapo Day we were thinking it was going to be a one year or two
year thing. We never imagined that it would still attract so many people 10 years
later. It says a lot about my brother and how he still manages to touch people
in special way."
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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