Barbados Defence Force members leading the way during yesterday’s Walk For Peace in The City.

Barbados Defence Force members leading the way during yesterday’s Walk For Peace in The City.

Locals come together for Walk For Peace in The City

Overcast skies and occasional showers were no deterrent for the hundreds of Barbadians who took part in yesterday’s Walk For Peace in The City.

The Walk, which comes off ahead of the International Day of Peace, which will be observed on September 21st, was organised by Universal Peace Federation (UPF).

Secretary General, Gail Veith, told The Barbados Advocate that this is the second year for the event. It seeks to bring people together and to show that regardless of their race, religion or nationality, individuals can work together.

“This Peace Walk was initiated by the Universal Peace Federation, and our local chapter, the Barbados National Peace Council. We are walking and working with 120 other countries around the world, fulfilling the dream of One Global Family… We are a non-governmental organisation in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.”

Veith pointed out that “just this week, at the Parliament Building in London, England, UPF inaugurated the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace”. She encouraged “our local Parliamentarians to join this world-wide Association and its efforts to create a world of peace”.

Yesterday’s walk commenced in Jubilee Gar-dens around 10 a.m., and climaxed in Independence Square. Among the local charities, groups and organisations represented were: Lions Club Barbados, members of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU), Junior Chamber International (JCI) Barbados and the Barbados Defence Force.

BWU General Secretary, Toni Moore; Member of Parliament for St. Joseph, Dale Marshall; the Barbados Labour Party’s candidate for St. Philip West, John King; Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Hope Transplant International, Reverend Michael Steele, also took part in the Walk. (MG)

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