Saturday 14 February 2015

Malawi - Youth for Peace celebrate the anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio with events in support of the elderly

On the 47th anniversary of the Community of Sant’Egidio two important events were held in Lilongwe and Blantyre involving about 1500 high school students.
The events, held under the motto “Sing, get involved… and help the elderly”, comprised musical performances , theater shows and testimonies about the friendship that binds the
Youth for Peace and the elderly. The high school students of the two most important Malawian cities engaged in an art contest that focused on the attention to and friendship with the elderly. At the end, after the award ceremony, a minute of silence was observed to commemorate the victims of the floods that have devastated the country over the past weeks and funds were collected to help older people who had lost their home as a result of the floods. 
The whole day was therefore a gathering marked by sensitivity and hope. Notwithstanding the ongoing hardships, the young and the very young wanted to send a message of openness to tomorrow, a tomorrow filled with participative involvement and solidarity among different generations. The building of that kind of tomorrow is in the hands of all, including the students.
At the beginning of the Blantyre event, Keegan Mwanguku, the national head of the Youth for Peace, pointed out that even “Andrea Riccardi was 18 years old when he began setting out for the streets of Rome to involve other young people to help children and the elderly: this is what we, young Malawians, want to imitate and what inspires us”. 

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