URI member Rik Yeames visited the United Nations earlier this month to share about a fundraising opportunity for the International Day of Peace and attend the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda.
Yeames, is a member of the Greater Concord Interfaith Council, one of URI’s newest Cooperation Circles and the first in New Hampshire. Yeames met with URI’s representative to the United Nations, Monica Willard, to talk about “A Piece of Pizza for Peace” an International Day of Peace fundraising project. International Day of Peace is marked by hundreds of thousands of people every year on September 21.
Rick came to UN on Friday April 7 to share his International Day of Peace Project, Piece of Pizza for Peace. He attended the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda, a beautiful ceremony that remembered the 800,000 killed in 100 days in the genocide against the Tutsi. After the program he met Mr. Dieng and Amb. Nga. We also got to shake hands with the Secretary-General and VP of General Assembly.
His project invites local pizza restaurants to use the International Day of Peace to stand for peace by contributing a percentage of their profits for that day to peace organizations. He wants to have three International Day of Peace organizations for people to choose from. Last year his shop sent $1,500 to Peace One Day. He wants to get hundreds of pizza shops around the world to participate. I think he is really dedicated to making this a most successful project for IDP and for URI!
The 2017 theme of the International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.” If you are looking for ideas for how to commemorate the day check out the Program Bank to see what others have done in previous years. You can also learn more about how to use the day to raise fund for peace through A Piece of Pizza for Peace here.