peace one day

International Peace Day less than a month away

August 22, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Peace Day is less than a month away. In just 30 days, individuals, schools, charities, religious communities, the business community, the United Nations (UN) and governments around the world will be taking action for lasting and sustainable peace.

There has never been a greater need with 2014 seeing violent conflict on the increase and thousands of people affected by war, political violence and terrorism. 

On Peace Day, Sunday 21 September, will you join us?

Every hour we are receiving information from people around the world about what they will be doing on the day.

From peace walks in Tijuana, cycling in Kampala, football matches in Manila, prayers for peace in Jerusalem, flashmobs in London, festivals in Sydney, DJ sets in Dar es Salaam and roundtable debates with politicians in Moscow, to the distribution of fuel efficient stoves in IDP camps and vaccinations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), water backpack distribution in Marsabit, Kenya, concerts in Kigali and Bujumbura, food drops and much more – this is only a tiny sample of what people are doing to mark Peace Day.

This is the biggest call for peace the world has ever seen and here in Warrington, England we are part of staging a momentous event.  

On Peace Day, we are asking people to put on their training shoes and run for peace and take part in the English Half Marathon or a 10K Road Race Challenge, to be staged in Warrington.

Both events will be held at 09:00 BST on Sunday 21 September starting from Victoria Park, Warrington.  The 10K Road Race Challenge takes a similar, but shorter route and also finishes at a brand new athletics track in Victoria Park.

All runners will receive running bibs, finishing T-shirts, medals and a goody bag on the day. Runners and spectators will have access to the event village, filled with music, food, health and wellbeing exhibits and much more! The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will also be marking the international Day of Peace at this event and will have a stand offering water and cakes to all our runners.

The Foundation’s Jonathan Levy said: “This is a really good opportunity to get fit, have fun and raise money for charity at the same time as marking Peace Day.

“By taking part in aid of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, runners will be supporting the Peace Centre and the help and services we provide to many people including victims of terrorism, armed services veterans and vulnerable young people.”

To register for a place in either event, please complete the registration form here. For more information please contact Jonathan Levy on 01925 581232 or email him at jonathan.levy@foundation4peace.org

*The small print: As the Foundation’s charity places are free of charge to our runners, we ask each runner to raise a minimum sponsorship – £150 for the English Half Marathon and £100 for the 10K Road Race Challenge. The Foundation is registered with Virgin Money Giving to enable your supporters to sponsor you online. Runners will be required to pay a deposit of £20.00 for the English Half Marathon and £14.50 for the 10K Road Race Challenge which will be refunded if the minimum sponsorship has been acquired.