Things are getting very exciting now here at ODOC as we hear from more and more people about their singing plans for Peace Day. We’ve had our first ever sign ups from Azerbaijan, Bermuda and Bangladesh this week; and from groups with some great names including the Clearpoint Cardinals in Canada, The Rose Villa Singers in The USA, Kotahitanga in New Zealand, Janvrin School in Jersey, Cracker Trail Elementary in Sebring, Futuraskolan International School in Stockholm and The Big Belfast Choir in Northern Ireland.
There are so many wonderful plans, some of which include multiple choirs with guest speakers and massed schools’ singing, whilst others also include peals of bells for peace, feasts for peace, candlelit processions and community events and sing alongs – as well as all the lovely local and school concerts and assemblies around the world – amazing!
A special concert for peace and reconciliation will be held in Maidstone Prison in Kent, England, where the prisoners have been preparing for weeks – this will include a song written especially for the occasion by one of them. We’re moved and honoured to be invited to this concert as well as being thrilled to be going to other events and to hear about all the inspiring things you are all planning – however large or small.
As schools are starting back after the summer break we know that they are preparing for their peace assemblies and we’ve had lovely messages from lots of teachers who’ve also told us that they will be doing all kinds of additional peace activities such as – talking about peace in lessons, looking at all the countries involved on our world map, making giant pictures of peace and writing personal notes to stick up on them about what peace means to them, shaking hands with classmates as a gesture of peace and forgiving the upsets of the week, designing doves of peace and holding conversations about listening, compromising and understanding.
With 3 weeks to go, there’s still time to inspire others to come on board and raise their voices for peace with us – especially schools – so please keep spreading the word, sharing our film – https://www.facebook.com/316124841878984/videos/1010624602429001/ and helping us to raise more voices for peace by September 21st, thank you.