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Dalai Lama plans return to Londonderry

Visit to mark 20th anniversary of Children in Crossfire

The Dalai Lama will visit Derry in September to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Children in Crossfire.

Announcing the visit this week, the charity said that its patron, the 14th Dala Lama of Tibet, will return to Derry on September 10.

He will be guest of honour at a public talk entitled ‘Compassion in Action’, which will aim to encourage people to be the change they want to see in the world.

A host of other well-known local and international speakers and entertainers will also feature in the event, details of which will be announced at a future date.

Children in Crossfire is a local charity with an international programme, dedicated to saving and changing lives by promoting early childhood care and development in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Founded in 1996, the charity's many achievements include: raising over £25 million for worthy causes in 10 countries; providing safe water to over one million people in Malawi; integrating over 500 visually impaired children into mainstream education in The Gambia; successfully supporting the treatment of over 2,000 children with cancer in Tanzania; and treating more than 10,000 children suffering with severe acute malnutrition in Ethiopia.

Richard Moore, Director of Children in Crossfire, said: “I am delighted and honoured that Children in Crossfire’s Patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,has agreed to be the key note speaker at our 20th anniversary celebration to be held in the Millennium Forum. His message of compassion, forgiveness and peace is needed now more than ever.  All of these values underpin the work of Children in Crossfire.

“Children in Crossfire’s vision is to bring about a compassionate world where every child can reach his or her potential. We seek to nurture Compassion as the core force for bringing about positive change. I am delighted that His Holiness will join us to inspirc us with his message of love and compassion”.

Tickets for the event on 10 September will be available through the Millennium Forum Box Office from Saturday, 17 June.

Further details of the visit will be announced in the coming weeks on ChildreninCrossfire.

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