Hands of Peace to Host Mother’s Day 5K Walk for Peace

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Hands of Peace, an international nonprofit organization that empowers American, Israeli and Palestinian youth to become agents of change, will host a “5K Mother’s Day Walk for Peace” on Sunday.

The event, which will take place at 8 a.m. at Cardiff Elementary School, kicks off Hands of Peace “Walk the Talk” Benefit Week. The 5K Mother’s Day Walk for Peace honors the vision of Juliet Ward Howe, who called for a Mother’s Day dedicated to peace in honor of mothers who lost their sons and husbands during the U.S. Civil War. Howe urged mothers around the world to lead their countries to work for peace “in the name of womanhood and of humanity.” Funds raised will go to programs in San Diego, Chicago and the Middle East that bring together American, Israeli and Palestinian youth for dialogue and leadership programs. 

“I can’t think of a better way to honor Mother’s Day than to join with our Hands of Peace community here in San Diego and around the world to walk for peace,” said Scott Rasmussen, Hands of Peace’s executive director. “The 5K Walk for Peace represents our commitment to not just talk about peace, but to challenge ourselves to act each day to make our world more just, free, and prosperous for everyone.”   

Hands of Peace Benefit Week also includes an online Silent Auction and culminates with an international Virtual Benefit on Sunday, May 16. Sponsorships and tickets are available to hear the inspiring stories of some of the 670 Israeli, Palestinian and American Hands of Peace alumni who are agents of change.  For details, registration and sponsorship opportunities go to handsofpeacewalkthetalk.org. 

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