National Community Gathering

Two videos of the gathering at the Stone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rujgW4kcF0&t=6s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=Mh8Ih5DNuC8

For more pictures of the overall commemoration and of the Global Goals Boats: 
http://17october.ie/dublin2017/
http://17october.ie/ggboats2017/

For messages and statements: 
http://17october.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Highlights-Dublin-17-Oct-...
http://17october.ie/messages2017/

The Global Goals Boats

In total 17 schools and other groups of children, young people and adults prepared 17  Boats, symbolising the hopes generated by 17 Global Goals. The boats were made out of recyclable material and easy to transport and of course, able to float!  Each boat carried messages of hope from people  attending the event.

Unfortunately, in the aftermath of the hurricane Ophelia, only one school out of 7 who had prepared boats was able to attend the event on the Tuesday 17th October (School had been officially closed for the day). The launch took place as planned referring to the work of these schools around the country.

The boats launched into the Liffey symbolised the expression of our hopes and commitments to end poverty, fight inequality and act on climat change, the 3 main challenges of the 17 Global Goals.

Some messages

Children – We are from Rush and Lusk Educate Together and we have been working really hard to build our boat. Our boat represents Goal 6 clean water and sanitation and Goal 14, life under water. All our class have written down their hopes and wises on patches and we have sown them together to make a sail. We hope to spread our hopes far and wide to make this a reality.

Kayleigh – When we were building our boat with the young people in the Neighbourhood Youth Project 2 we asked them what they hoped for and when talking about ending poverty they went back to the basics such as they said they hoped that everybody, every kid has a pair of shoes to put on. They hoped that every kid could go to school and had a school bag. That goes right back to the basics and shows that it’s the small things that add up and we hope that our communities can work together and continue to inspire young people as they inspire us to work together to end poverty.

Filipe – I’m representing the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland. As an Organisation our main goal is to provide empowerment, justice, rights for all migrants that are living in Ireland. With our boat we would like to express our solidarity with all people who are experiencing social exclusion mainly migrants, undocumented migrants and fishermen. We wish to express and create pathways out of poverty in Ireland and throughout the whole world.

See video
See video