2012 saw Springboard organise a variety of activities to mark the UN International Day of Peace.
Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, Alderman Gavin Robinson joined millions around the world in leading 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 third annual Inspiration Awards were held at Belfast City Hall on the International Day of Peace – 21st September 2012. 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 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. 2012 saw two young people receive the Awards Andrew Johnston and Jenna Clarke. Andrew’s citation was delivered by Louise Monaghan from Belfast City Councils Youth Engagement Project and Jenna’s citation was delivered by Chris Quinn Director of Northern Ireland Youth Forum.
Andrew completed Springboard’s Choices in June 2012 after having endured immense distress in his life. Andrew found Springboard after beginning to turn his life around and despite numerous set backs early on in the programme Andrew threw himself into every aspect and continues to build a better future for himself.
Jenna completed Springboard’s Options programme in December 2011 and showed everyone her “happy go lucky” attitude. It is Jenna’s positive attitude that has driven her to succeed and plan a better life for herself despite going through a number of emotional and personal problems in her life.
The Community Inspiration Award this year was to recognise and honour an individual or team who volunteer/work in the disability services field. The nominations received were of a very high quality and proved very difficult to narrow down to one recipient.
That recipient was Alex Bunting, nominated by Alan McBride from WAVE Trauma Centre.
Alex was seriously injured in a booby-trap bomb attack on his taxi in 1991, he lost his right leg, sustained injuries to his other leg and suffered other shrapnel injuries. He spent a year in hospital but within months was using an artificial limb and helping hospital staff support other patients.
To find out more please read Alan’s heart warming citation here.
The Special Inspiration Award was awarded to Mark Pollock, an adventure athlete who is truly inspirational. Mark lost his sight at 22 years of age and after a life threatening fall 2 years ago Mark is now paralysed from the waist down. this has not stopped him from racing to the South Pole and competing against professional explorers like Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Olympic Gold medallists and Special Forces personnel.
To read Mark’s citation delivered by Prof Sir Peter Gregson from Queens University please click here.
Culture Night and Peace Day Campaign presented – The Peace Stage, Buoy Park
To celebrate the International Day of Peace we joi9ned up with Belfast’s fourth annual Culture Night to enjoy an eclectic mix of music and performance showcased by an array of talented young people. Nestled amongst the buzz of gigs, dance, poetry, exhibitions, theatre, street performers, workshops and much more in the Cathedral Quarter, the Peace Stage was a brilliant way to round off our celebrations.
Springboard’s Options, Boston programme working in partnership with Disability Sports NI hosted an Inclusive Games Day at Fleming Fulton School, Belfast. This event was supported by the Special Olympics Ireland and involved pupils in primary 4 & 5 from Fleming Fulton, Mitchell House and Botanic Primary schools taking part in a mini-Olympic games styled sports day.