(SKNIS): Floyd Buchanan and Kevaughn David can take their respective daughters on several adventures, courtesy the Department of Youth Empowerment and the sponsors of last month’s Build Together: Father-Child Sand Sculpting Competition.

The young men received their prizes on Wednesday (June 08) during a brief ceremony at the department. Youth Officer, Jermaine Pemberton, presented the gift vouchers. He said the sand sculpting challenge offered a new avenue for fathers to connect with their children.

Mr. Buchanan said the event met its goal and he commended the department for finding creative ways to strengthen families.

“I remember one year ago when there was the Daddy-Daughter Dancing Competition, I was invited to take part,” Mr. Buchanan said, noting that although he was not much of a dancer he was excited to participate. However, unforeseen circumstances caused him to miss the November 2015 event. “When I heard about this sand building competition, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make good, so I jumped at the opportunity and I must say that the time was well spent.”

The two families now have the opportunity to spend more time bonding over activities offered by the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, Sky Safari and others. Mr. Pemberton singled out the sponsors that supported the inaugural sand sculpting challenge.

“I would like to … thank all our sponsors,” he said, naming Kenneth Dive Center, KFC, the St. Kitts Scenic Railway, Sky Safari (Delisle Walwyn), Tasty Hands, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, and Caribbean Journey Masters. “We would like to thank you for … [contributing] to this activity and these prizes, that will help foster a better relationship between father and child and we hope to see a lot more fathers out next year at this event.”

The Build Together: Father-Child Sand Sculpting Competition was held at North Frigate Bay Beach on May 15.