Spreading peace and harmony the Don Bosco way

By Dhananjani Silva

It’s a different approach to peace - the Don Bosco way of spreading the message of love, peace and harmony, especially among children. Under the banner ‘Marching towards Peace with Children,’ an award-winning brass band of over 100 children from Thailand will perform in different parts of Sri Lanka - Ettukala, Negombo (Oct.1), Nochchiyagama (Oct.5), Balapitiya (Oct.8), Tangalle (Oct.9) and Dungalpitiya (Oct.12). The band will also perform at Temple Trees and be joined by local school bands in their two-hour shows across the country.

Made up of children from 9-18 years, the Sarasit Phithayalai School Marching and Show Band won the gold medal at the World Marching Show Band Championships 2006 in Korea. On their local tour, they hope to perform to some 1500 Lankan children.

This unique event is organised by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious Congregation founded in 1859 in Italy that now has branches in over 130 countries. The Salesians of Don Bosco in Sri Lanka with 16 centres in 11 districts, work closely with the clergy in assisting children in numerous ways-from preventing child abuse to peace building, rehabilitating exploited children and providing vocational training.

Provincial Superior Don Bosco Sri Lanka, Fr. Anthony Pinto explaining the purpose of this tour said the ethnic strife in the country which has gone on for decades has had a great impact on the lives of children, and as such this event is aimed at fostering harmony among various religious and ethnic groups by sharing the Thai experience of inter-religious harmony. The event is open to all.

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