Walk for Peace 2017 – Walking for ‘Oneness’

Current Update – 1 July 2017

The event has now finished. Over 50 people walked from Gillingham to Rochester and visited the Chatham Memorial Synagogue. That number more than doubled by the time the closing events were held at the War Memorial in Rochester. I’d like to warmly thank all those who attended and participated. My special thanks go to my planning commitee: Beth Atkins, Ajaib Hussain and Faran Forghani, without whom this event would not been the success that it was hailed by various attendees.

Keith Harrison

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Not long to go now! However, we are really short-handed. If you aren’t able to participate on the walk, but can join us in Rochester, we’d really appreciate if you can spend a little time helping us to set up at the War Memorial at about 11 am. Many thanks.

Event Programme

Time Activity
10:00 Gillingham – Opening speeches (outside Tai Won Mein restaurant)
10:05 Introduction – Keith Harrison
10:07 Cllr Naushabah Khan
10:09 Maulana Irfan Patel from Kent Muslim Welfare Association
10:15 Walk begins towards Chatham via the Great Lines park
10:40 – 10:50 Stop at Naval War Memorial  – time to reflect
  Chatham
11:40 Participants enter Chatham Memorial Synagogue
11:40 – 11:50 Prayer and speeches by Jon Weiner and David Herling
  Rochester – Closing Speeches
12:15 Participants arrive at Rochester War Memorial – introduction by Keith Harrison
12:16 1 minute silence
12:17 Song for peace by Ingrid van Dooren
12:18 Speech by Trevor Sturgess DL
12:20 Speech by Canon Rachel Phillips
12:22 Speech by Cllr Wendy Purdy
12:24 – 12:35 Dance by Bulgarian National Dance Group
12:35 Speech by Oliver Branch of Medway Youth Parliament
12:45 Scout’s Promise by the 7th Gillingham Misbah Scouts
12:50 Closing remarks – Faran Forghani
12:51 – 13:00 Dance by Bulgarian National Dance Group
13:00 Event ends

Walk for Peace is a walk between Gillingham and Rochester, via Chatham and is open to local people and others, striving for peace and unity across all the communities in Medway. The Walk aims to bring together people of different cultures and backgrounds, promote friendship and embrace positive, interfaith and secular relations through a common cause – peace.

The theme of the Walk this year is ‘Walking For Oneness’ to show how, as individuals and families, we are part of a broad neighbourhood of communities, walking together with a single purpose that encourages friendship and mutual respect.

If you are interested in meeting new neighbours and people from other communities, please come along!

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