Written by on October 7, 2019

The 23rd annual Peace Walk took place recently with the Luton communities again coming together for a wonderful day of sharing and reflection.

Pictured above is Cllr. Tahir Malik, the Mayor of Luton, along with Zafar Khan of the Luton Council of Faiths, as well as other dignitaries who were part of the event.

A statement from the Luton Council of Faiths read: “The 23rd Luton Annual Peace Walk coincided this year with the International Peace day.

“Nearly 200 people across from different backgrounds joined the day including dignitaries namely Deputy Lord Lieutenant and Chair of the United Nations Association (UNA Luton) Dr Nazia Khanum OBE, The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Meryl Dolling, Kelvin Hopkins MP Luton North, Bishop of Bedford Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, Professor Zafar Khan Chair of the Luton Council of Faiths, and the Mayor of Luton Cllr. Tahir Malik.

“Seven schools including Chantry Primary Academy, Southfield Primary, Whitefield Primary, Sacred Heart Primary, Ramridge Primary, Hillborough Junior and Bushmead Primary school added to the vibrancy of the day.

“Sacred Heart Primary schoolchildren led those present into a Heart-focused meditation by HeartMath followed by Southfield Primary school performing a Circle dancing expressing the breath and energy. The day saw also high school students from Ashcroft High School sharing their experiences on the Feast programme on guidelines for dialogue. This year’s International Peace Day was themed around climate changed and this was expressed in the Artwork competition entered by eight schools which were exhibited on the day at St Luke’s church.

“A video message was produced by Chantry Primary School interviewing Carlos Islam, a fellow Lutonian, who is a Special Events Manager at United Nations in New York sending his best wishes to the Luton event. Walkers visited St Luke’s Church, Hockwell Ring Mosque, St Luke’s Methodist and Al Hikmah Prayer Hall.

“Schools that participated achieved the Peace Builder School Mark which took into account their year’s work with Luton Council of Faiths. This was awarded in partnership with the United Nations Association branch in Luton.

“A special award was also given to Chantry Primary School for coming for 5 years consecutive on the Peace Walk. Also, Pauline Cutting an active member in the community was recognised by the Mayor for her years of contribution for community service in the town.

“St Martin De Porres was the winner of this year’s Artwork competition and Southfield Primary schools and Ramridge came as runner up by a few points only.

“The judges were who were from Luton Council of Faiths, Luton Culture, Grassroots Programme, the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) and Near Neighbours Luton were so impressed with the quality of the artworks and Highly Commended also Chantry Primary School.

“The organiser Luton Council of Faiths would like to express its warm thanks to partners and volunteers who helped on the day.”

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