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Canvassing support for kids who’ve lost dads and dads who’ve ...

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Canvassing support for kids who’ve lost dads and dads who’ve lost kids

The Blank Canvas project’s ‘Dear Dad’ messages are met with comfort, coffee and forget-me-nots

Senior journalist

Memories, tributes, messages of love and words from the heart in bright colours are posted on a large blank canvas at the entrance to popular “brewing kindness” haunt DC Coffee in Fourways, Johannesburg.

The canvas is a memorial of sorts for fathers who have passed away and those whose children have died. Appeals for the project to continue for a while longer will see it remain in place until the end of this week. It was due to be removed on Monday, after Father’s Day, but some people sent messages saying they still wanted to make their mark.

“Sam and I were thinking about it one night, wondering what we could do for people we know would battle through Father’s Day, and we came up with the empty canvas. We put it out there and the uptake has been incredible,” said Neil Golding, who co-owns the space with his wife Samantha...

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