The United Nations’ International Day of Peace – marked every year on September 21 – is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established in 1982, “Peace Day” has grown to include millions of people around the world who participate in all kinds of events, large and small. As Dr. Jane Goodall is one of ten UN Messenger’s of Peace, the Jane Goodall Institute (Singapore) is coming together with several other local NGOs including ACRES, Cafe Diplo, NSS, SEC, SPCA, UNIFEM, WCS, and WWF to celebrate this special day.
Students Care Service staff and three boys from the Trampoline Club participated in a Peace Dove Making workshop where they created iconic peace doves out of recycled materials and ‘fly’ them round Old School at Mount Sophia. Seven pre-teens and three youths were also given the opportunity to sing four songs during the mini-concert in celebration of the event.
On the Peace Day on 21 September 2009, it is my first time singing in front of a huge crowd. It was an exciting event where on 21st September of every year, you can wish for no war, no fighting, animals and other beings can live in peace and harmony.
So, on that day I was selected to sing along with five other girls from the Trampoline Club. We sang two songs: ‘Heal The World’ by Michael Jackson and ‘快了天堂’. These songs are related with peace, to heal the world before it ends in destruction.
I and another girl led the rest in singing and we sang with great pride!
Jolyn Chua, 12 years old