Cayman Islands residents are invited to join a “flash mob” – a choreographed dance performed in public – and peace-building sessions in every district, all hosted by the Family Resource Centre in observance of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
The day was established by the United Nations in 1981 to foster a global truce within and between nations, through education, and by strengthening ideals of non-conflict among people of all ages.
The public is invited to take part in the flash mob at noon in front of the Royal Watler Terminal on Fort Street. Participants will dance to “Heroes” by Alesso, which was chosen because it “encourages people to live extraordinary lives and find power within themselves,” the Family Resource Centre said in a press release.
Those interested in participating can learn the dance by watching a YouTube tutorial (search on the website for “one day one dance Cayman 2015”) or live at Centre Pointe, Alissta Towers at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The public is also invited to attend peace-building sessions on Monday evening. Family Resource Centre team members and teens who are members of the ReTHINK TEEN Leadership program will lead the workshops.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and brainstorm what it’s going to take to have a peaceful community,” said Erin Hislop, Family Resource Centre executive officer.
She added that “peace starts within” and “we can make little changes and little efforts amongst ourselves on a daily basis.”
“We’re really just trying to get people to be aware of empathy, what it means and what having it means in our daily interactions with people,” Ms. Hislop said. “Empathy helps us make decisions with the thoughts of other people in mind.”
The workshops will be at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, the Family Resource Centre and Savannah Primary School from 6-8 p.m., at Bodden Town Primary School starting at 7 p.m., and at East End Primary School starting at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. Peace Day T-shirts will be on sale for $10.
For more information on Peace Day or to take part in the events, contact the Family Resource Centre at 949-0006 or [email protected]