Commonwealth Rotarian Peace Envoys
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The Rotary Club of Westminster West together with the Commonwealth Rotarian Peace Envoys (CRPE), is leading a series of peace-building efforts with other clubs in the London district. These efforts will be showcased at the upcoming CHOGM, with events at the Queen Elizabeth Centre themed Rotary and the Commonwealth – Drumming for Peace. There are also two concerts open to the public, one on 19th April at St George’s Church featuring Peace Songs composed by students from the Purcell School of Music and the Commonwealth Resounds. The second concert on 20th April is called ‘Sound, Image Movement – The Commonwealth’ and features the Peace Drummers representing the 53 Commonwealth Countries. We shall also participate in the Big Lunches and Tree Planting Events all through the week of CHOGM.
The Rotary Club of Westminster West launched the Commonwealth Rotary Peace Envoy project to train and build up the capacity of leaders in civil society and the private sector who actively promote peace through work in diverse sectors. The Rotary Club of Westminster West invites all those who are interested in Promoting the Commonwealth as well as Peace Building Activities to join hands in these events which are part of the Commonwealth celebrations that begin on Commonwealth Day on 12 March and end on 20 April 2018 – which marks the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
The headline events presently being organised by the CRPE and which are currently in the advanced stages of planning are:
Saturday 24th March – Tree Planting at St Georges Park, Newham.
The Commonwealth Rotarian Peace Envoys have placed an order for 210 trees with the Woodlands Trust and these will be handed over to Newham Council. The Council has agreed to plant and maintain these trees at the King George V Park in Newham. Members from the Rotary Clubs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Stratford and Westminster West have come together to support this project.
Tuesday 17th April - Rotary in London and the Commonwealth - Drumming for Peace.
This performance will be at the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Centre in Westminster and is called Rotary in London and the Commonwealth - Drumming for Peace. A number of Commonwealth Forums are being held at this venue and HM the Queen and Commonwealth Heads of State are expected to attend at various times during the day. London Rotarians and drummers representing the 53 Commonwealth countries are performing under the direction of Kevin Hathway who is a renowned professional percussionist and musical director. The music has been composed by young Commonwealth students from the Purcell School of Music under the direction of Alison Cox, Founder of The Commonwealth Resounds. The performances are being held at various times during the morning and further details will be provided by the CHOGM organising committee based in the UK cabinet office.
Tuesday 17th April 2018 – The Commonwealth Big Lunch.
Rotary in London and the Commonwealth Resounds are bringing their performers and support teams together to celebrate their connections by hosting a Commonwealth Big Lunch during the lunch break at the QEII Centre. The Purcell School is arranging for a special Commonwealth Packed Lunch for its performers. Lunch may take place on Parliament Square where all the 53 Commonwealth Flags are fluttering in the wind. There will be approximately 70 performers and logistics supporters present for this event.
Note on The Commonwealth Big Lunch:
The Commonwealth Big Lunch is being advocated by the Eden Communities Project with the aim of bringing people together to celebrate their connections between Commonwealth Day on 12 March and 20 April when the Commonwealth celebrations end. We will be joining people across six continents to celebrate community and build new connections. The Big Lunch which is the official Eden Communities Project takes place every year and falls on 7th June this year.
Thursday 19th April 2018 – Peace Songs dedicated to Rotary in London and the Commonwealth.
The peace songs were composed by children and young composers, using poetry written specially for this event by Commonwealth poets. The young people will perform at St George's, Hanover Square(2a Mill Street, W1S 1FX) and are part of the Commonwealth Festival Choir and Orchestra. Guests of Honour include Mike Hodge who is the London Rotary District Governor and Dr Josephine Ojiambo who is the President of the Rotary Club of Westminster West. (We are also planning to invite Mr Vijay Krishnarayan from the Commonwealth Foundation). This event is being organised by the Commonwealth Resounds, Rotary in London and the Royal Society of St George. Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting victims of Hurricane Irma in Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica.
Friday 20th April 2018 – Tree Planting at Tower Hamlets.
The Commonwealth Rotarian Peace Envoys have placed an order for 210 trees with the Woodlands trust and these will be handed over to Tower Hamlets Council. The Council has agreed to plant and maintain these trees. Members from the Rotary Clubs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Stratford and Westminster West have come together to support this project.
Friday 20th April 2018 – Sound, Image, Movement – the Commonwealth.
The Peace Drummers will perform at St James's, Piccadilly (197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL) as part of a very special, colourful concert for young people featuring light classical music, folk, jazz and world music created and directed entirely by brilliant school-age musicians from The Purcell School. Guest of Honour will be Her Excellency Karen-Mae Hill, High Commissioner of Antigua and Barbuda. The Concert is organised by The Commonwealth Resounds and the Rotary Club of Westminster West. Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting victims of Hurricane Irma in Antigua, Barbuda and Dominica.