By Marcelle Mansour
Bedro Hajje, Al-Awadi’s Family and Others are the UPF Award Recipients, at the Ambassadors for peace meeting, celebrating Africa Day and Parents Day.
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF), Ambassadors for peace meeting, held on Monday at the Oceania Peace Embassy on the 1st of June 2015, to celebrate the special days of: Africa and (25 May) and the UN Global Day of parents (1st June).
The occasion was organised by Mrs Catrine Van Dinklage, UPF Events Coordinator and the MC was performed by Mrs Aila Willitts, the Women’s Federation for World Peace Australia. The event was attended as usual, by a large number of UPF’s Ambassadors for Peace in Australia from various ethnic origins including Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Plaestine, Ancient Assyria and others: UPF Ambassadors present were: Mr Hormiz Eshoo and Dr Alaa Alawadi, Mr Maurice Mansour, the writer of this report Marcelle Mansour and other ambassadors from various origins and backgrounds.
Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the African Union (AU) that comprised of 54 member states which brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges that it faces. UPF supports the celebration of the Africa Day around the world and It seeks to foster cooperation between diverse Australian communities and making world peace..
The Global Day of Parents was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 2012 and honours parents throughout the world. The Global Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship.
Guest speaker was Mr Assefa Bekele, the founder of the Ethiopian Community Association of NSW and Multicultural Liaison Officer with NSW Police.
Mr Greg Stone the UPF President, first delivered a speech titled (Integrating our understanding of God): “Abrahamic Faiths emphasize a God of character, who created humanity from Adam and Eve as one family. Far Eastern religions emphasize an original being of duality and harmony. Some Scriptures refer to God as our common origin. All these insights can help us in our understanding of God. God can be understood as the parent of all humanity.” Mr Stone stated that it is one world family under God and we can conclude God’s purpose for human life. What will be the underlying order of this new age and new society, and how are we raising up constructive members of such a global society? This question can be answered only in terms of the order of God’s creation, with the discipline of love as its central axis. “
On this grand occasion ceremony, five people received the Peace Awards: Mr Bedro Hajje, 2ME presenter, Mrs Nadia Al-Awadi, Mr Sultan Al-Awadi, Mr Samir Shimone and Mr Assefa Bekele.
Congratulations to all the UPF Award Recipients and wishing them productive and successful achievements in the future. Bedro Hajje, made a patriotic wonderful gesture by raising the flag of Lebanon and later he gifted his award to the country of his homeland Lebanon through the Consul General of Lebanon his Excellency Mr George Bitar Ghanem. Congratulations once again to all UPF receivers, whishing peace to prevail in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine other Middle Eastern countries and the world.