I have not being posting on this site for quite some time! The reason being that myself and Audrey are planning a new and exciting event to be held in the Phoenix Park on Saturday 8th September 2012.
This will be a festival and grand
celebration of disability in Ireland and the World. The venue is already booked
for that day.
We will host this event in conjunction with all of the
organisations in Ireland that act as advocates for people with disabilities and
the event is called Our Worlds United. Over 40
organisations have already ‘signed up’ to be part of this event
including Down Syndrome Ireland, Special Olympics Ireland and Fragile X.
event will cater for 100,000
people in the Phoenix Park
The objectives of
the event are many with the key objectives being:
1. To raise Awareness of Disabilities and their issues.
2. To Unite
all the Disability representative bodies for 1 day with one voice.
3. To ‘Normalise’ or ‘mainstream’ disability i.e. people’s special needs should
not define them
that it will be a day to remember and a defining moment in the history of Disabilities Advocacy.
The afternoon will host live bands (we hope to get some or all of the
following: Boyzone, Westlife, Jedward, U2) , funfairs, face painting, music,
dance and games. It will also feature Speakers and contributors from around the
globe , and celebrity actor Colin Farrell
has already agreed to be our Keynote Speaker.
Fingal Community TV (FCTV) are making a documentary about the making of the
event – and filming has already begun.
But it gets even
better! – we have spoken with Vicki Graff and Gregory
Ruzzin-both of whom are professors at Loyola Marymount University in Los
Angeles –and they suggested that we run simultaneous events in LA, South
Africa, Hong Kong, UK and Finland. Vicki has already said it will happen in LA
and is confident that South Africa will also happen. It will be truly a Global Event.
Although there is a time difference we can synchronise a huge fire works
display simultaneously around the globe at a certain time – albeit it will be
the middle of the night for some venue/venues.
The event will be the culmination of a massive media campaign across all media
channels over the next 8 months.
We have already recruited a ‘small army’ of volunteers to help make this event
happen and we have an experienced professional event management company
in place to deliver the day in conjunction with ourselves.
Please visit our website www.ourworldsunited.org for further details.
We are currently securing financial backing for the event – and once this has been secured we can go public with the event- hopefully in the next few weeks.
If you or your organisation would like to get involved in any way with this initiative – we would be delighted to hear from you – as this is a huge undertaking and we will need as much input as possible from volunteers.
We hope that you will all attend the event – as ticket prices will be affordable – and it is not a fund raiser – but an AWARENESS raiser!