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Ballina plays a key role in World Peace School Sports Day

Date: 16-09-2022

The inaugural World Peace School Sports Day (WPSSD) is happening on the 21st of September with the aim of empowering young people to use sport and physical activity to reaffirm international values of peace and friendship.  World Peace Schools Sports Day is planned to coincide with the UN World Day of Peace on the same day. 

In advance of WPSSD, Ballina in County Mayo is staging, on the 20th of September, an event on the locally named Salmon Weir (Ridgepool) pedestrian bridge.  This activity, timed to happen at 4.30pm will involve groups of local children who will participate in a special event aimed to highlight and promote world peace.  Key organisers involved in WPSSD such as Derek Peaple, Mike Molly, Marian Shanley and Sean O'Sullivan feel that Mayo is the right place to celebrate the Irish heart of "World Peace Schools Sports Day"

Local organisations, such as Mayo County Council, Ballina Chamber of Commerce, the Mary Robinson Centre and Ballina 2023 are highly supportive of the world peace initiative.  The Cathaoirleach of the Ballina Municipal District, Cllr Mark Duffy and other dignitaries will be in attendance on the day.  To mark the significance of the event, Henry McGlade and the iMayo TV Show team will be there to capture key moments and a special segment will be used to promote Ballina and the World Peace School Sports Day right across the globe.  David Adderley, Voice Kids contestant, will make a guest appearance in support of World Peace.

Also there will be a very special handling of the Peace Baton on the day which will be sent around to the 24 countries already lining up sports events in support of WPSSD.  

This event on the 20th of September in Ballina is aimed as the starting point for bringing schools and youth groups around the world together in an annual programme of activities to demonstrate the power of young people and sport to make positive change.  World Peace School Sports Day is already supported by a number of leading professional associations and global ambassadors from the world of elite sport.

If you are in the area and near the Salmon Weir pedestrian bridge at 4.30pm on the 20th of September, then please drop by to witness what will be a key event that will help kick start the UN World Day of Peace

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