Welcome to Youth for Unity Ireland!
We are boys and girls from all over Ireland. We are from different races and religions. But together we live the Golden Rule to “Treat others the way we would like to be treated”.
By living this in our families, schools and with our friends we colour the grey corners of our lives.
Parliament Buildings, Belfast hosted the Irish stage of the 3rd international Run4Unity on May 12th. That Run4Unity was a youth relay race with a difference. The baton - a virtual one was passed around the world from one time zone to the next via an internet link.
Belfast received the baton from Luxembourg and then the YU's in Belfast passed it on to the YU's in Iceland.
Over 400 teenagers came from the four corners of Ireland to Belfast on the 12th May last. As part of the afternoon’s programme there was a 5km Fun run - in the wonderful setting of the Stormont Estate grounds. The event raised €10,622.78 for Schoolmates (www.school-mates.org) and in particular for the Rainbow School in Uganda.
It was celebrated as a central part of the International Eucharistic Congress on 16th June in the RDS – see below.
2nd-4th April 2013
During the camp we:
enjoyed a sense of personal
achievement & fun
learned to work in a team
made new friends
based on the Golden Rule:
“Do unto others as you
would have them do unto you”
Dr Maria Voce President of the Focolare Movement together with Fr Giancarlo Faletti Co President presented the prizes to the outstanding schools who participated in the IEC RUN4UNITY project.
FIRST PRIZE went to Cross and Passion College Ballycastle. They presented Dr Voce and Fr Faletti with a cheque for 5,500 euros raised in their school alone for the Rainbow school in Uganda.
Gonzaga School received a prize for having the courage to put the Run4unity into their sports day. 75 students took part in the 5KM RUN.
Final award goes jointly to Whitehouse PS and St. James Primary school in Newtownabbey Belfast. For many years now they are witnessing together that love overcomes everything. The friendship and witness between St. James, a catholic Primary School and Whitehouse, a protestant Primary School certainly deserves a special prize.
Friday 11th May 2012
Sacred Heart School Newry
Welcomes Aidan Kelly of
RTE 2’s News2day
follow the Sacred Heart School Run
Politicians, Bishops and teenagers
from the 4 corners of Ireland
RUN 4 UNITY, on 12th May
from Parliament Buildings
Bishop Donal Mc Keown the Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor who intends to run with us on 12th May at Stormont. He has his T shirt!
Bishop John McAreavey of the Dromore Diocese with Post Primary Diocesan Advisor Elizabeth McNiece visiting the stand, at Banbridge John Paul II Awards.
braved the unseasonal weather for a sponsored run as a CSPE (civic social and political education) project on Bettystown /Laytown beach on Friday 27th April.
The Bettystown young people were among many from schools around the country holding a local IEC Run4Unity events this week in advance of the Irish stage of the 3rd international Run4Unity at Government Buildings and the Stormont estate on Saturday 12th May.
On Tuesday, April 24, twenty five Fifth Year Students from Scoil Bhride, Mercy Secondary School, Tuam, took part in the Run4Unity as part of the International Eucharistic Congress programme.
They did a 5 km. run/walk in the nearby town park. It was a beautiful sunny morning and was most enjoyable for all who took part in it. The students received sponsorship for the event from their parents and friends.
Some of the Irish girls who presented
news of Ireland’s preparations for
the IEC Run4Unity at a recent
international youth congress in Rome.
Sometimes we are in situations where we need courage; when we have to stop thinking about how people will react if we talk with them about the message of the gospel. This happened recently to me in my school.
Teenagers from North and South
unite to prepare the music and
choreographies for the 12th May.