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Men's Educational Support Association (MESA)

Public Service Announcement



June 2006     




Date:                    Sunday, June 18, 2006


Time:                   11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Place:                  Prince’s Island Park (Downtown Calgary)


Special Event:     Purple Balloon Launch at 2:00 p.m.


The Men’s Educational Support Association (MESA) welcomes Fathers, Children and their guests to participate in MESA’s Twelfth Annual Father’s Day Picnic.

There will be a launch of eighty Purple Balloons in support of Fatherhood.

The launch of the Purple Balloons is being done in conjunction with Father’s Day celebrations around the world. Purple color has become a symbol for fathers around the world, purple shirts and ribbons are now worn as a symbol of solidarity with fathers, and the Purple Balloons event on Father’s Day is an outgrowth of this new awareness of Fatherhood.

The symbolic launch of eighty balloons is to signify the approximate number of 8000 divorces that happens in Alberta every year.              

 A black balloon will also be lunched in support of separated fathers and children who are attempting to maintain a meaningful relationship.

Children are encouraged to write a message of appreciation to fatherhood and put it on the balloon.   Each balloon will bear a printed message:


Kids Need Fathers ... Not Visitors



All are welcome to attend 

Free Purple Balloons to children at the park

Free food, juices and soft drinks

Entertainment, Clowns 


Equal Shared Parenting “The best parent is both parents” children need two parents in their lives. Public policy and Family Law should be supportive of the family and every parent who wants to be one. 


Men's Educational Support Association (MESA)

Contact:Gus Sleiman

Tel: (403) 228-6366
Work: (403) 541-1788