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UN International Day of Families 2014

International Day of Families Observed in Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland - To commemorate the International Day of Families, the Glasgow Peace Federation, an affiliate of UPF, had a meeting in the hall of St. Peter's Church in Glasgow's historic Partick burgh on May 17, 2014. The event drew around 20 people of all ages and backgrounds on a Cup-final afternoon.

The first hour consisted of sharing over food, most of which was home prepared, as old friends renewed acquaintances and new bonds were made among public-minded folk active in peace and interfaith activities locally.

There were then two presentations centered on the theme of "Understanding the Value of Families." First, young Angelle McCluskey gave a report of her four-week visit to Nigeria, where she and a group of British and Nigerian young people built a new school building using donated materials to ease overcrowding in a primary school there. She explained clearly using slides and pictures how the activity was like extending one's family relationships. It was inspiring for all to see the commitment and hard work of these young people creating a substantial improvement in people's lives in challenging circumstances. Angelle also talked about her Spanish "sister" that she met through a school language study program and her Scottish and Filipino families and how their values keep her going and aspire her to greater challenges. Angelle has a Scots dad and Flipina mum.

Ann Breslin, chair of the Glasgow Peace Federation, gave a presentation on the core values of UPF based on the idea that the family should be the first school of love to raise children to becoming public minded citizens with good values. Although the video projector cut out before the end of the presentation, it was still a spirited and inspiring talk.

Everyone enjoyed the occasion, and there was much sharing and discussion and a resolve to have more like-minded activities. The meeting ended with everyone singing “Auld Lang Syne” in a circle.

UN Day of Families 2014 from Universal Peace Federation International

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