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Can ‘Red Splash’ rally FNMs behind Minnis?

by: Ashley Penn, FN Reporter

In an effort to unite all FNM supporters across the island, the FNM Grand Bahama Council announced plans going forward in commemoration of ‘Deliverance Day’ August 19,1992.

During a press conference, the Grand Bahama Council for the Free National Movement announced its Red Splash Family Fun Day, an event that has become synonymous with the FNM and former party leader and former Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham.

Member of Parliament for Central Grand Bahama, Neko Grant shed light on the historic day that transpired over 20 years ago.

“The 19th of August 1992 is an historic day in the life of the Free National Movement and the people of The Bahamas.  Almost 21 years ago, the Free National Movement became the government of The Bahamas for the first time, defeating the Progressive Liberal Party that had governed the country for some 25 years,” he said. 

As a result Grant announced that “Red Splash, Join the Wave” will be held on Taino Beach on Saturday August 24, beginning at 12 noon.  

The event is expected to be a family fun day where a variety of food will be on sale.  This event will also serve as a back to school event where school supplies will be given out to children in attendance. 

Chairman of the FNM Grand Bahama Council, David Thomspon weighing in on the event, noted that the FNM is a party of history.

“We remember well how Deliverance Day began a period that transformed The Bahamas for better, making life better for all of us wherever we lived in our country,” said Thompson.  

“We forever cherish the accomplishments of the Free National Movement government and our prime minister and former leader, the Rt. Hon. Hubert Ingraham for all that he was able to do with the help of the Bahamian people to accomplish giving us improved governance, better health care, better education, enhanced justice, greater economic opportunity, upgraded infrastructure,” he added.

“We commemorate this day because we believe in giving thanks to God for His manifold blessings to our nation, to our country and to our party.” 

Determined to highlight the importance of freedom of speech, FNM Women’s Association Secretary Stephanie Ferguson encouraged all persons to attend the upcoming family fun day.

“We in the FNM have always looked at August 19 as very special for us and in light of the recent events this week; it is quite obvious that in this country the fight for freedom of speech and democracy is still on.  

“We are asking all FNM’s and all persons who believe in freedom of speech and democracy to come out and have your voices heard,” she said. 

“I am sure that we will also be having a membership drive to encourage persons to come out because we not only need voices, but we need help in order to continue our fight as we look forward to 2017,” Ferguson continued.

Additionally, a motorcade entitled “Stand Your Ground” is scheduled for August 24 to leave the FNM Headquarters at 1 pm, ending at Taino Beach, as well as a church service on August 18 at 10 a.m. at Grace Bible Fellowship Church.

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