Peace Dinner September 2013

90 members and guests attend a dinner to celebrate UN World Peace Day and to hear two of the Speakers who had travelled from Australia and the UK to contribute to the Peace Forum itself.

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The Peace Dinner opens the Peace Forum weekend allowing guests to meet all the speakers who had travelled from Australia, Uganda, Liberia, Oman, Yorkshire, Hampshire and even St Ouen to enjoy this opportunity to listen to 2 presentations.

After Rotary Grace, proposed by District Governor John Eade, a welcome message was received by video from Rotary International President Ron Burton who sent his personal greetings to all those assembled.

The first presentation was from Rotarian Allan Jagger.  Allan, a Rotary International Director, has been involved with the Rotary Peace Programme from its very beginning in 1998, when 7 universities were selected to provide Master Degree courses or Professional Certificate courses in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  He explained that there were 762 living alumni (one alumni had been shot and killed when working in the field after qualification), and that 95% of these alumni are still in regular contact with Rotary helping to create a network of committed Peace Fellows, all working in their own way to the same end.

Our second speaker Rich Wainwright was a graduate Rotary Peace Fellow from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  Rich, a photojournalist, now works with international aid organisations and uses his skills to draw attention to the urgent help needed by refugees and disadvantaged people in countries like Afghanistan, Uganda, Syria, and East Timor.  We were shown   examples of his recent work in these countries.  It was particularly appropriate that Rich travelled from Australia to contribute to the Peace Forum as he comes from Jersey and following his work with our Rotary club to End Polio Now in India, he was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jersey to become a Rotary Peace Fellow .

They were joined by Jersey's Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, who indicated his full support for the aims of the Rotary Peace Programme and urged Rotarians locally and internationally to continue their work for Peace.

The evening closed with District Governor John Eade proposing the final toast "Rotary and Peace the World over".

Available here are Reports on the Peace Forum, Student Peace Seminar and the House of Friendship.