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World Minorities Alliance Launched in UK

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on April 11, 2010

Universal Peace Federation (UPF) – UK Secretary General, Robin Marsh, was invited to address the UK launch of the World Minorities Alliance. It is a laudable initiative of  Mr Julius Salik in Pakistan and supported by UPF Pakistan branch. The initiative shares much in common with UPF’s vison of humankind being ‘one family under God’ in which all people have equal value irrespective of where they are born. Marsh emphasised the founding purpose of UPF to create an Inter-religious Council in the United Nations that would enhance inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding and peaceful relations. He also congratulated Pakistan for its wisdom in co-sponsoring the UN Resolution with the Philippines to establish a unit within the UN Secretariat to promote Interfaith Dialogue. As explained by the Rt Hon Sadiq Khan MP, the event featured the very last speech of Mohammed Sarwar as an MP after a long distinguished service in the House of Commons as the first UK Muslim MP. Mr Sarwar had been presented with an Ambassador for Peace award in the House of Commons on March 23rd.

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WAIT Fundraising Event at Victoria Station

Posted by peacedevelopmentnetwork on April 11, 2010

Saturday, 3rd April 2010

Supported by several parents and a WAIT UK partner, WAIT members embarked on a day of performances and fundraising in the busy Victoria Station in Central London. Ideally, we were to meet at 9am sharp in order to register and set up. Ironically, due to maintenance work on the rail network, almost everyone arrived a little late. We were allowed two slots for performing (10-11 am and 3-4 pm), but fundraising all day in the unrestricted areas of the station.

Priya Loganathan, WAIT girl coordinator, prepared a schedule for the day which included times of fundraising (in pairs), breaks and performances. Overseen by Sean Greaves, WAIT Youth Coordinator, the fundraising day began in earnest!

In the afternoon, we were joined by eight-strong members of performing arts group, Dance Physics. They entertained us with an amazing twenty-one minute modern dance routine, choreographed by Annarita Mazzilli.

During their performances, the WAIT members presented Break dance, the Rose Dance, a new girls dance, and the songs, Respect and Save Yourself. The audiences were genuinely interested in and moved by these performances!

Although a tiring day in the end, everyone enjoyed the fun and excitement of a very public performance by WAIT UK. We raised a decent amount of money to help support our projects in the UK, as well as in Uganda and South Africa. We are extremely grateful to Network Rail for allowing us to fundraise and perform, but also to Dance Physics for their lovely support, and of course WAIT parents, without whom we could not have done so well. Thank You!!!

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