SGINZ at the International Cultural Day celebrations in Auckland
Members from SGINZ Student Division and Youth Division volunteered on April the 1st to support the Auckland Peace City Stall hosted by the Peace Foundation and the UNANZ stall at the International Cultural Day celebrations in Auckland.
The Peace City stall was aimed at promoting the formal declaration of Auckland as a Peace City on the 9th of June and provided an opportunity for Student Division members to be a part of the movement for peace in New Zealand’s biggest city. The 13 members worked alongside children who were putting into colour their interpretation of what it meant for Auckland to be declared a peace city on small flaglets. In addition, members also distributed youth magazines and engaged in one on one dialogue with different visitors to the event on the topic of peace.
Youth division members supported the UNANZ stall and engaged in dialogue with different visitors on New Zealand’s heritage of being a nuclear free country and the importance of Global Nuclear Disarmament. The event was a grand success and helped the members put into practice President Ikeda’s guidance from the 2011 peace proposal where he says “We are moved by the knowledge that each of the world's seemingly ordinary individuals can be a protagonist in the creation of a new era.”1
1Toward a World of Dignity for All: The Triumph of the Creative Life – Daisaku Ikeda, 2011 Peace Proposal.