2011 saw Springboard organise a variety of activities to mark the UN International Day of Peace.
Rt. Hon Lord Mayor Councillor Niall O Donnghaile joined millions around the world and led the official observance of the International Day of Peace in Belfast on 21st September. The event took place before an invited audience in Belfast City Hall.
Launched in 2010, the second annual Inspiration Awards was held at Belfast City Hall on the International Day of Peace – 21st September 2011. The awards were created to celebrate Peace Day by acknowledging positive role models and their inspirational influence on others.
At the ceremony in City Hall four awards were presented.
The Community Inspiration Award recognises a person who has made a positive difference to the lives of young people. The 2011 recipient was Lesley Coe (founder and coach of Sandy Row Falcons Cheerleading Squad), selected through the ‘Making a Difference’ initiative. Melissa Patton the young person who nominated Lesley made the citation.
The Youth Inspiration Award that recognises a young person who has overcome adversity to create a better future and whose story has inspired or has the capacity to inspire positive development in others. The 2011 recipient was Tracey McAuley. Paul Tracey, Chief Executive of the Success Foundation and member of the Youth award assessment panel made the citation.
The Celebrity Inspiration Award recognises a public figure who has been a positive role model and whose achievements have inspired others. The 2011 recipient was the award winning horse racing jockey, Tony McCoy. Gerry Kelly, Broadcaster and Peace Day Ambassador made the citation and Tony’s sister Roisin accepted the award on his behalf.
The Special Inspiration Award was specially created for the 2011 awards to honour the people of Norway. ‘The award pays tribute to the courage and dignity of the Norwegian people in face of the most tragic and violent circumstances. Led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg they have inspired people and communities with their commitment not to be thwarted from the road of democracy’. (A Chada, Springboard Executive Director) The award was presented to Royal Norwegian Honorary Consul Michael Ewings and the citation made by celebrated playwright and Peace Day Ambassador Martin Lynch.
Recognising the extraordinary actions of ordinary people is a key feature of Springboard’s work. At the beginning of 2011 approximately 100 young people from Springboard’s Wider Horizons programmes were asked to nominate those they felt had made a positive difference to their lives and/or the lives of others. After nominations were submitted they were presented to a panel made up of three participants from a different programme.
The panel selected four nominees from each of the five programmes, which were passed to the Peace Day Campaign Committee, who then selected the final six. The Making a Difference Exhibition was sited in the grounds of Belfast City Hall from 15th-21st September 2011 showcased the end result of these nominations. The Exhibition recognised six positive role models who were nominated by young people as making an outstanding contribution to their local community / friends / neighbours or individuals.
The MAKING A DIFFERENCE ROLE MODELS, click on the links below to view the display.
Lesley Coe – founder and coach of Sandy Row Falcons Cheerleading Squad, nominated by Melissa Patton
Collette Dunn – keyworker with Flax Foyer, nominated by Desmond Smyth
Glenn Harvey – Programme Leader with Castlereagh Borough Council (now with Corrymeela Community), nominated by Nigel Martin
Paul McDonald – Senior Youth Leader with Fountain Youth Project in Dublin, nominated by Dean O’Connell
Jo Murphy – Co-founder & Coordinator of Lighthouse, nominated by Ruaidhri McDade
John Quinn – Volunteer with Pieta House in Dublin, nominated by Catherine McNamara
The Peace Day Mural located between the peace-line gates in Northumberland Street was designed by Springboard, in consultation with young people. Workshops were held with over 100 young people who discussed the International Day of Peace and debated what peace meant to them both visually and through words. This feedback was brought into the design of the mural.
The central message of the mural depicts the value of peace and affirms the interdependence of the Shankill and Falls communities as they move forward into the future. The mural was unveiled on 21st September 2011 by journalist, actor and Peace Day Ambassador Ivan Little.
September also saw the 3rd annual Peace Day ‘Come Try it Day’ Sports coaching event for over 100 primary children of Botanic Primary School. The all day event was be led by our young people for even younger people and encouraged an ethos of teamwork and cooperation.