- Football family fun day being staged on Sunday to remember Kiyan Prince
- This weekend marks the ninth anniversary of his tragic death
- His dad Mark set up the Kiyan Prince Foundation in son's memory
ON SUNDAY people will come together to remember Kiyan Prince on the ninth anniversary of his tragic death.
A football family fun day is being staged to raise funds for the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a charity set-up by his dad Mark to help tackle knife and gun crime on our streets through education.
Mark, a former professional boxer who recently returned to the ring to help raise greater awareness of the KPF, is looking forward to Sunday’s event, but admits it will be a bitter-sweet feeling.
Kiyan was just 15 when he was stabbed to death as he tried to act as a peacemaker outside his school in 2006. Since then, Mark has worked tirelessly to build the KPF.
“Over the nine years we have been to many different schools and helped many different children,” Mark told www.qpr.co.uk.
“The money and the support that people have put into helping the charity grow has just been incredible, it has been an unbelievable journey.”
Kiyan played for QPR’s Centre of Excellence and was tipped for a bright future in the game. Aside from his footballing abilities, his manner and friendliness were among his many traits.
“We never want people to forget Kiyan, or what he stood for,” Mark added. “It’s not just about him being our son, I just think he stood for so many positive things. He is a great role model to other kids and he deserves to be remembered for that reason.
SPEAKING THE TRUTH: Mark at Loftus Road earlier this season
“I was working with young people before my son died, so my passion for youths and changing their lives had already been set.
“We go out and we share the truth with young people, as horrible as that may be. But nothing can change people’s attitudes like the truth can.
“I use how Kiyan was brought up and his background to positively influence other youngsters.”
While the KPF continues to grow, Mark has his sights set on his next big target for the charity.
“Getting a permanent place is so important to us,” he explained. “We are currently renting, but our dream is to have permanent premises that we can run programmes from, after-school workshops, bring people in from different areas, train them, run classes. It would just be great to be able to focus on them in a number of different ways.
“It’s the love, the care and the people that are working within that environment that will make the difference, and make the KPF a very special charity.”
Looking ahead to Sunday, Mark admitted: “The event will be bitter-sweet for me.
“This time of the year is always very emotional. The month of May is always very tough for me, not because I am purposely thinking about it but my body already knows. It has been scarred by this month.
“I’m looking forward to the event. It means I’m not mopping around, looking at pictures, crying. I am getting everyone together so we can shed tears together, laugh together, celebrate together and just enjoy the day and remember Kiyan.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to get involved and help.”
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