Karate supports Peace & Sport campaign
Launched by the UN at the initiative of the International Olympic Committee, the first ever 'International Day of Sport for Development and Peace' will take place on 6 April 2014. To mark this historic day, Peace and Sport is calling on people across the globe to take part by launching a dedicated platform - www.april6.org - that will bring together and promote all the initiatives being carried out worldwide to celebrate this event.
The general public, teachers, associations, sports clubs and federations and NGOs are all invited to join this major celebration of sport for peace by organizing or participating in a symbolic action or event on 6 April 2014 and registering it on the website www.april6.org.
Aimed at encouraging interaction and sharing through social networks, www.april6.org offers tips and recommendations for ways to take part, whether through holding a simple football match or an exhibition or by organizing a debate or open day.
WE INVITE ALL KARATE PRACTITIONERS TO JOIN THE INITIATIVE. IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
- Take a photo of yourself holding a white card like a referee on a playing field.
- Post your photo on the April6 Facebook page or on your own profile with the words: "Play your Peace on April6!", making sure to tag "April6".
- Invite all your friends to "like" your photo
- Share links and information so all your friends hear about the initiative
- Prizes will be awarded for the photos that have received the most "likes" by 6 April!
SPORTING GESTURE FOR PEACE
Peace and Sport is taking part by launching its own unique and interactive campaign: "Carton Blanc – Sporting gesture for Peace". This initiative will enable the public to join a viral campaign on social networks aimed at demonstrating the involvement of actors for development and peace through sport.
Joël Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport:
"By establishing 6 April as the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the UN and IOC are paying tribute to the unique role of sport in our society and honouring its constructive and positive values. Throughout the year, a tremendous amount of work is carried out by stakeholders on the ground – often in difficult conditions. This day serves as a way to recognize and honour their achievements. We created www.april6.org to provide these different actors with a platform that could bring them together and present their actions to the general public. Sports champions will also be key to this celebration. As role models, they have the power to encourage large numbers of people to take part. 6 April must make its mark as a major event for peace-building through sport, which is one of the cornerstones of our movement."
About Peace and Sport
'Peace and Sport, L'Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport' is a politically neutral international organization based in Monaco. It was founded in 2007 under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Peace and Sport puts sport and its core values at the heart of local development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. Conducting its missions in post-conflict zones and areas marked by extreme poverty or a lack of social cohesion, Peace and Sport uses sport as a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.