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4 September 2021

Walk for Peace Community Event – 4 September 2021

A local community group, Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA), are holding a Walk for Peace event in Gillingham on Saturday 4 September 2021, with the theme of ’Walking Together for Peace and Wellbeing’. All residents living in Gillingham and those living in the neighbouring towns are encouraged to participate.

The Walk will begin at the Naval Memorial in the Great Lines at 13:15 with an Interfaith Service for Peace including prayers from local faith bodies. It will then walk to Medway Maritime Hospital where a small presentation of thanks will be made to a representative from the hospital. Participants will then visit the Gurdwara in Byron Road to learn about Sikhism. The walk finishes at St Mark’s Church when it arrives there at 16:00.

At St Mark’s, there will be short speeches by Medway Mayor Jan Aldous and Medway councillors Wendy Purdy and Naushabah Khan. There will be a presentation of certificates of thanks to a number of bodies which have supported the public during the pandemic. This will be followed by a range of music, dancing, artwork and light refreshments until the event closes at 18:45.

Project manager, Keith Harrison of MIFA, said “Everyone is invited to take part in the walk. As COVID-19 regulations are eased, it is important for us to get together and share our community spirit. This is regardless of faith, culture, or race to understand each other, share experiences and improve our health and wellbeing in the community. The walk is non-political and although a range of faith organisations have been asked to participate, it is not specifically religious. Instead we want people to get to know their neighbours in peace and harmony, no matter their background and culture. We are looking forward to meeting new neighbours on the walk!

Notes to editors

  • Contact Keith Harrison via peacewalkmedway.uk, 07788441272, @PeaceWalkMedway
  • The event is partially funded by MIFA members, including faith organisations and Kent Community Foundation.
  • About MIFA: Medway Inter Faith Action is a group that was established in the 1990s and is focused on shared values so that people can work together for the community and on building lasting relationships between faith communities in Medway. Before the pandemic, it used to meet as a forum 10 months a year at Medway Council in Gun Wharf. Since the lock down all meetings have been held virtually. All convictions held by people are respected and are held with humility and recognition that not all views will be shared. In addition, there are discussions and presentations about topics that are relevant for the dialogue between religions. There are also community activities such as the Walk for Peace.

See www.peacewalkmedway.uk

See http://www.medwayinterfaith.org.uk

2 July 2016
Medway’s Walk for Peace gets ready 2 July 2016

Following the success of previous events, Medway Interfaith Action (MIFA) has organised a Walk for Peace across three Medway Towns (Gillingham, Chatham and Rochester) on Saturday 2 July 2016, and is encouraging local people to join in.

Starting in Gillingham High Street at 10am, where there will be brief speeches, participants will walk through to Chatham, briefly breaking at Chatham Memorial Synagogue. They will then continue on to conclude at the War Memorial in Rochester at approximately 12pm, where yoga therapist Sarah March will lead a 30-minute yoga meditation session.

The sole aim of the walk is to promote peace in the community of Medway. People of all faiths and no faith will walk together and focuses on understanding between different groups in the Medway towns. The organisation is involving schools, faith groups and other groups, as well as individuals.

Event organiser, Maaike Hartog of the MIFA group said “Everyone is invited to take part in the walk, be all of it, or part of it! The walk is non-political and although a range of faith organisations have been asked to participate, it is not specifically religious. Instead we want people to get to know their neighbours in peace and harmony, no matter their background and culture. We are looking forward to the walk!”

Cllr Asha Saroy who has helped in the organisation of the walk said “The preparation and support for this walk has been great, particularly from the strong number of volunteers helping. This will be a fantastic walk for everyone to join together and will help bring focus on peace and well-being within individuals and neighbours.”

Notes to editors

  1. Please contact Maaike Hartog via peacewalkmedway.uk, 07947259910, @PeaceWalkMedway
  2. The event is partially funded by MIFA and support from a number of councillors.  Medway Speakers’ Corner are lending their microphone and speaker.
  3. About MIFA: Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA) is a group that was re-established about 16 years ago and has developed to its current format focusing on building lasting relationships between the faith communities in Medway. It meets as a forum once a month at Medway Council. All meetings are public unless otherwise stated. Deeply-held convictions of each person are respected. Meetings are held with humility and recognition that not all views will be shared. The focus is on the values that are shared so that people can work together for the community of Medway.

See www.peacewalkmedway.uk

About MIFA:

Medway Inter Faith Action (MIFA) is a group of people who have got together to foster friendships across people of different faiths. It has a Forum meeting almost every month, at the Medway Council offices, which is open to the public. There are talks and presentations about topics that are relevant for the dialogue between religions. In addition to these regular events, community activities are organised. Examples are the Pilgrimage for Peace, the Bring & Share Lunch and the Diversity Party.

The aim of MIFA is to build lasting relationships between the faith communities in Medway. Deeply-held convictions of each person are respected; they are held with humility and a recognition that not all views will be shared. The focus is on the values that are shared so that people can work together for the community of Medway.

See http://www.medwayinterfaith.org.uk

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