Rotary club keep the peace

A group picture of pupils from Galloway at the third Rotary International Peace Conference
A group picture of pupils from Galloway at the third Rotary International Peace Conference

Over 200 students from Dumfries and Galloway attended the third Rotary International Peace Conference with the title Battle Your Beasts.

Held at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries they were joined by contingents from Dunbar and Barnsley and teachers and rotarians.

A spokesperson from the Rotary Club said: “The content was designed and agreed by young people with young people playing a leading role in the presentation of the conference.

“During the day there were speaches by Cara Henderson, Craig Thomas Hammond and Zakia Malaoui, all of whom have battled their own or others inner beasts.”

Cara gave a moving account of how loosing a friend to a senseless sectarian knife attack in Glasgow, then several years later being blown up in a Muslim area, had her questioning her own responses to these events and led to her starting the “Nil by Mouth” anti-sectarianism charity.

Craig suffered as a child with a disabling stutter that stayed with him into adulthood.

He told of his school experiences of being mocked and regarded as a freak, the effect this had on his confidence and esteem. He was determined to overcome his stutter so he could as a dad read to his child at bedtime.

Senior students from Kirkcudbright Academy, Douglas Ewart and Lockerbie High School presented elements of the Rotary Peace Advocat training programme, to smaller breakout sessions.