The Peace Club
The Peace Club is a youth-led organisation that is run by young individuals who are passionate about promoting peace, love, and compassion in their communities. Our organisation is committed to creating a more harmonious and equitable world for all by inspiring and empowering young people to embrace these values through various initiatives and activities. We believe that youth have the power to create positive change and that by giving them the platform to do so, we can build a better future for ourselves and generations to come.
I am the founder and president of The Peace Club, which was established under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 and is located in Dunedin. Our Club welcomes all individuals, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion, belief, gender, or age. Our primary goal is to inspire people to promote peace, loving-kindness, and compassion within society. We aim to encourage people to think about peace and create more activities surrounding this important issue.
The Peace Club has a team of 20 executive members, with 250 student members from the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic. Our Club operates from both institutions, and we invite everyone to join us in our mission towards inner peace. We believe that everyone who participates in our events will discover their inner peace and share it with others in society.
Our definition of peace goes beyond the absence of conflict; it encompasses justice, hope, opportunity, empowerment, and dignity. By ending poverty, combating climate change, fighting injustice and inequality, we can guarantee a better world for generations to come. Peace involves accepting our differences in opinion, culture, religion, ethnicity, and ideology and living in harmony within the same community.
Peace is how we treat one another in times of instability, terror, and challenges. It involves respecting human dignity, human life, neighbors, and strangers alike. Any threat to peace in one part of the world is a threat to peace everywhere. As global citizens, we must be united in our quest for peace, bringing hope to the hopeless, opportunity to the underserved, empowerment to the oppressed, and dignity to the disrespected. We recognize that the conditions that threaten peace are man-made, and it is the collective actions of global citizens that can reverse them.
The time has come to mobilize people worldwide to commit to creating peace. We must raise awareness, advocate for peaceful communities, and take action together. Let us work towards making peace a possibility.
Over the past year, The Peace Club at the University of Otago has organized several events and initiatives aimed at promoting inner peace, compassion, and social harmony. These activities include: