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"THE MANUFACTURER OF HUMAN BEINGS" MARK PRINCE VOWS TO CONTINUE DRIVING #INSPIRINGFUTURECHAMPIONS CAMPAIGN TO THE MASSES

"THE MANUFACTURER OF HUMAN BEINGS" MARK PRINCE VOWS TO CONTINUE DRIVING #INSPIRINGFUTURECHAMPIONS CAMPAIGN TO THE MASSES

Thursday 4th April 2019
Thomas Lyons

Memories usually bring about emotions; sometimes despair, anger or even joy. Ten years prior to receiving an OBE, Mark Prince was walking up and down the corridors of the Old Bailey awaiting the Coroner's decision over the murder of his 15-year-old son, Kiyan.

The end result has been to change the narrative behind youth violence and shine a positive light on the collective efforts to stop this rising surge of attacks spiralling out of control across the country.

It wasn't about settling for a pat on the back in light of her Majesty's recognition but to extend the message of transcending the lives of thousands of young people who may feel victimised by community violence and start a new chapter in their lives.

Destined for big things as a footballer, Kiyan had excelled on the back of his father becoming an International Boxing Champion and used that as inspiration to pursue his own dreams and aspirations.

When that was so tragically taken away from him on 18 May 2006, Mark Prince started his project to not only get justice for his son but for the other mothers and fathers grieving a lost child from being stabbed and fatally killed.

Mark Prince has an infectious presence having experienced first hand what it's like to lose a loved one in such senseless and indignified circumstances but has used this as fuel to ignite the Kiyan Prince Foundation.

Seeking professional and financial support from those heavily involved in this objective of tackling knife crime, from the core executive Government to those spread across a wide range of industries that were in attendance on Tuesday 19 March, the mission continues to grow.

We had those who are battling their own struggles and reaching the end of the tunnel- ex-professional footballer and champion for mental health, Leon McKenzie, Mayoral candidate for 2020, Shaun Bailey and former Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, to name some.

As a youngster, Kiyan had shot through the QPR academy and since Redknapp got in touch with Mark Prince, featured on a Sky News interview, speaking of his involvement with the Foundation, the appeal and interest from the outside exploded.

The Old Bailey played host to the event, classed 'an Investiture,' celebrating the years of work put in, overcoming the struggles and stalemate when trying to pass legislation through to Government officials and those with insider access to make critical amendments to policy.

However, the sheer desire and fortitude to keep going and getting to the cause of Kiyan's death came down to the people around Mark who supported him at different stages of the journey, from publicist Melissa Takimoglu right through to key members of the KPF charity.

Mark Prince knew things weren't going to change overnight and by pressing the issue over a long period of time, was able to interact with young people by visiting schools and colleges to empower students to realise their potential and make a difference in the community.

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