International Day of Peace 2015

Woking People of Faith (WPOF) celebrated its third, annual International Day of Peace competition in Mercia Walk on Sunday, 20th September at midday. His Worship the Mayor, Councillor Derek McCrum and the Mayoress, Mrs McCrum, were in attendance, along with children, parents and teachers from Woking schools.

Primary children from all over Woking had been asked by WPOF to draw posters or write on the question: “How can children help bring world peace?”  Over the summer their entries were judged and all the schools were informed of the winners.

This year, there were more entries than ever before and the winners came from Barnsbury Primary, Beaufort Primary, Westfield Primary, Maybury Primary, Goldsworth Primary and the Shah Jahan Mosque. Boards were put up in Mercia Walk, displaying the children’s work and allowing the public to put up post-its giving their own feelings about peace.

During the event, peace quotations were read from the world’s major religions and there were peace songs from, first, Amaniyah and Faiza from Shah Jahan mosque, then Simon Trick from WPOF. The Mayor centred his speech on the situation of the refugees from Syria and Woking’s agreement to take a number of the families. He asked the children at the event to befriend the refugee children in order to help them to settle into the area when they arrive.

The winning children then received their certificates and gift tokens from the Mayor, while runners-up  received prizes donated by WHSmith.

Imam Hashmi from Shah Jahan mosque also briefly spoke about the importance of peace and how Islam and all the world’s religions teach peace.

WPOF organisers, Kauser Akhtar and Simon Trick, thanked all the attendees and encouraged them to participate in next year’s event and take part in any ‘International Day of Peace’ activities during the year, as World Peace is important to us all.




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