Play your part in Peace Day

2016-09-06 06:00

Learning In Reach is sending out a call for action to all NGOs, organisations and individuals in Lavender Hill to take part in contributing towards Peace Day celebrations.

Events will run from Saturday 17 to Saturday 24 September, which is also Heritage Day in the country.

Leanne Reid, project manager for Learning in Reach, says individuals from the community have taken it upon themselves to organise peace meals, a knitting club peace blanket project, a mini peace-festival, area clean-ups, a fashion show, peace garden planting, a klopse band and neighbourhood watch activities, to name a few.

Reid says Peace Day is about individuals coming together.

“It’s about reducing all forms of violence: in our homes, schools, places of work and local communities. Peace starts with individual action, and small actions inspire others thereby creating larger impact,” she says.

“We need to move towards a culture of peace and tolerance in the family, in schools, in the workplace, in the community and in society.”

PSP and Hang Ten Pool Club will stage an outdoor event promoting sport, engaging the community and celebrating the ethos of both Heritage Day and #PeaceDay on Saturday 24 September.

Cheetah Chicks sports club will be hosting a four day peace drive through exercise and getting active.

Earth Child will be engaging children and the community in calming yoga.

Waves For Change will be incorporating the message of peace into their afterschool surf therapy sessions. Music Works is planning a special performance with their Marimba band.

Learning In Reach will be planting Peace gardens, running empowering workshops on making peace with money, and co-ordinating the overall activity around Peace Day.

“Each of the five schools in Lavender Hill have expressed interest in forming a human chain through Lavender Hill with messages of peace in time to observe a minute of silence at noon on Wednesdays 21 September, International Peace Day. This will be confirmed upon approval from the department of education. These are just some of the activities being scheduled with more NGOs still planning their activities,” she says.

Events and success stories will be highlighted on social media using #PeaceDay and #TogetherInPeace . To make the day a huge success, they need help with sporting bibs, t-shirts, children’s meals, printing, art materials and prizes.

Reid says as an organisation working with children and parents they believe that it is imperative to highlight this day of peace, to inspire the next generation of peace builders and to demonstrate that small individual actions have great power to drive change in our communities, schools and families.

V Community members and organisations interested in getting involved are asked to visit, or phone 0764018503. Sponsors who’d like to assist the community in hosting their events, may email

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