PPI-NI coaches and participants marched in the Lord Mayor's parade.
On Saturday, June 18, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland was invited to march in the Lord Mayor’s Parade. The parade was a celebratory event to welcome Belfast’s new Lord Mayor, Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile. The theme of the festivities was ‘One World, One Future, One Vision’ and showcased the diversity of Belfast. In addition to the PeacePlayers coaches, children from PPI-NI’s primary school twinning program marched in the parade, as well as PPI-NI junior coach, Courtney McQuillan. Additionally, special guest, Brian Cognato, who is visiting Northern Ireland from PPI’s Washington, D.C. office, enthusiastically joined in the spirited march.
International Fellow Meghan Houlihan with PPI-NI twinning participants from Carr's Glen primary school.
The parade kicked off at Writers’ Square, opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral, continued down Royal Avenue and Donegal Place, and finished at Belfast City Hall where all parade participants were treated to lunch and live music.
Although the parade route was only 1/3 mile, all of the participants had a great time waving to the crowds, dancing alongside parade drummers, and chanting, “Peace what? PEACEPLAYERS!”
PPI – NI giving some shooting tips
On Saturday, October 10th, PeacePlayers International – Northern Ireland organized a promotional event called “Hoops in the City.” Held in front of Belfast City Hall, the event was a chance for people to come out and learn more about PPI’s work in Belfast and around the world.
PPI-NI had those interested shoot some hoops and sign an “All Sites Map,” a map of all the PPI countries where PPI is active that will be circulated between PPI’s programs for locals to sign and add a personal message. Attendees were also given the chance to get involved as volunteers at PPI – NI’s annual Jingle Ball and Spring Jam tournaments.
A few future PeacePlayers learning more about the program.
Will Maloney, a PPI – NI Program Director, commented, “This event was an opportunity for people to come down and get a better feel for our organization and the work we do. Coaches and staff members were on hand to give folks the opportunity to learn more about our organization, the international vision that supports our work – and also provide some top shooting tips! We were glad to have folks drop by, say hello, sign our ‘All Sites Map’ and, of course, shoot some hoops with us on our portable basketball hoop. We have had an incredibly positive response from all of the communities with which we work. This Saturday was about sharing with a wider audience what we do and what we are about.”