Voices Speak Out for Peace in Streatham
TPRF volunteer, Wallee, has had a lifetime’s wealth of experience with organizing and promoting music events. This came in handy when the organizers of The Little Big Peace event invited him and fellow volunteers Roni and Wendy to get involved with this year’s celebration of Peace Day. Wallee explained, “The organizers find Prem Rawat’s message very open and exciting, so they wanted to have supporters of TPRF on board this year.”
The week-long festivities took place in Streatham, South London, with children’s workshops, school choir performances, the film “Day after Peace” and a Skype link-up with Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace One Day. MP Chuka Uminna gave the welcome address. “Seeding the Future” talks explored how to support youth in communities. A local group of enthusiastic knitters, “Close-Knit,” created a 100-meter peace scarf.
The last event of the week, “Voice for Peace,” was a full house at The Hideaway, a local venue described by Wallee as, “cool as a West End Club." The film “Seeds of Peace” was shown, featuring Prem Rawat’s historic peace address at Mazara, Italy. The evening concert had an international flavor with an Arabic singer, a musician from Colombia who is well known on the World Music scene in London, local London musicians, and a performance poet. Brochures and materials explaining TPRF’s Food for People and Peace Education Programs were available for the public.
A Colombian man, who was visiting England, was so taken with “Seeds of Peace” that he asked for a DVD so he could take it back to his homeland. He said, “There has been so much conflict for the last 50 years in Colombia. Can Prem Rawat come to my country to do a peace event?”
Says Roni, “There was such genuine passion from the people involved, and a feeling of being part of humanity. Now is the time to be part of this. Take action and it will happen.”
The volunteers are looking forward to building on their experience and developing something special for next year’s celebration of Peace Day in conjunction with The Little Big Peace team.