‘Pathway to Peace’ cycle event on Sunday

MAY 2013... Martin Luther King III and Rev. David Latimer unveil the Peace Flame Monument at Foyle Street.
MAY 2013... Martin Luther King III and Rev. David Latimer unveil the Peace Flame Monument at Foyle Street.

A charity cycle run to raise funds for Derry’s “Pathway to Peace” project will take place this Sunday.

Cyclists will leave from First Derry Presbyterian Church (Upper Magazine Street) at 9am and make their way out of the city via the Culmore Road and along the Foyle coastal road to Moville.

Crossing over to Magilligan by ferry, cyclists will return to First Derry, via Ballykelly and Greysteel, for light refreshments.

This charity challenge, organised by local car dealers John Halliday and Jim O’Hara, aims to raise funds for the Pathway to Peace project spearheaded by First Derry Minister, Rev. David Latimer.

Sixty schools across the Derry City Council area and a further six in East Donegal have produced twenty-five word Peace Pledges which, David Latimer says, “powerfully express how our children and young people, growing up in a divided society, wish to live. “

Supervised by local architect Shane Birney and ceramics specialist, Eleanor Wheeler, every Peace Pledge will be imprinted onto a ceramic tile and each imprinted tile will be used to create a Pathway to Peace at the Peace Flame Monument on Foyle Street.

The Peace Flame was officially unveiled earlier this year by Martin Luther King III.

“This timely and quite unique city feature will be a permanent reminder of how the youth of our city want us all to live,” said Rev. Latimer.

“The future has begun with our children and young people; their fresh, creative ideas and perspectives can contribute to shaping a better and brighter future of our city and country.”

All cyclists are invited to take part in the charity challenge.

Simply turn up at First Derry on Sunday morning at 9 a.m.