21st September is the United Nations designated International Day of Peace. It is the day when the United Nations highlight the need for those in conflict to lay down their arms and stop the hate.
Basildon Borough Twinning Association along with their partners in Heiligenhaus (Germany) and Meaux (France) organise a number of events to help promote this very worthwhile cause.
This year a special match kicked off the commemorations with a soccer game between a select XI of Basildon Young Twinning members and a group brought together from the BME community and migrants to this country. The match was attended by Basildon Mayor Councillor David Dadds and Vange Councillor Yetunde Adeshile. The match referee was Councillor Kevin Blake. It proved to be such a poignant occasion with a candlelit ending ceremony of reflection. Thanks to Southend ATF (Achieve, Thrive and Flourish) for attending with their Basildon-based members. A special thanks was extended to 16-year-old Young Twin Ryan Donnelly who was the inspiration behind this particular game.
The day began with a soccer and netball tournament at Greensted Junior School being played between Greensted Junior School, Lee Chapel and Northlands Primary Schools. A hectic morning of activity with the main theme being “Hate won’t win”.
The final match up was a soccer match between the Year 8 teams from Beauchamps High School and Harris Academy from Rainham. It was a competitive match thoroughly enjoyed by all those spectating.
A further traditional game between Woodlands School and Beauchamps High School is due to take place next Friday.
Statements of Peace were made at all venues and a film is being produced for YouTube and clips will be sent to The United Nations.
Contributions to the film will include snippets sent over from Germany and France.