Presentation of the Results of the Sixth "April6"
Peace and Sport and the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation recently presented, at the Foundation's premises, the results of the sixth "April6," in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Isabelle Bonnal, Director of Education, Youth and Sport, and Champions for Peace affiliated with Peace and Sport. On 6 April each year, this global movement celebrates the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP).
Celebrations for the 2019 event began on Friendly Football Day, 19 March, in Cyprus. To mark the occasion, the Nea Salamina and Mağusa Türk Gücü football clubs met to promote dialogue and cooperation between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities through sport.
"We are pleased to have collaborated with Peace and Sport on this historic event, with the aim of promoting lasting peace and dialogue on the island of Cyprus. We believe that sport can bring people together and we present inter-community awards to teams comprised of Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots," stated Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder of the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, in his opening speech.
The President and Founder of Peace and Sport, Joël Bouzou, then took the floor to present the first results of the events on April 6 and the #WhiteCard digital campaign, emphasising in his speech that "This year again, so many countries came together to promote peace through sport and celebrate the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. More than ever before, it is necessary to develop initiatives that promote the values of fair play, mutual respect, civic engagement and team spirit."
So far this year, 1,130 projects have been registered on www.april6.org , in 109 different countries. The platform will list even more projects before it closes on April 19.
Since the first event, the platform has registered 3,240 projects in 182 countries. With regard to the #WhiteCard digital campaign, of the six events held, the 2019 event has already reached a total of 243 million people on social media. The AS Monaco Football club and AS Monaco Basket also took part in this campaign to bring people together.