I’ve been busy talking to people about Postcards For Peace over the last few weeks and writing to ask others for their support. It occurred to me that, since launching the social media accounts and this temporary site, things have changed a bit and the aim of what the project is about might have got lost down the line. So, I thought I would just run through it and let you know where we are with the campaign at the moment.

Postcards For Peace is a really simple idea. People will be able to log-on to our website and send postcards with messages of peace and non-violence, hope, support and love around the world, to anyone they want. A range of digital or printed postcards will be available for people to send to anyone, anywhere in the world. Users can share the postcards with family, friends, colleagues, complete strangers, maybe even politicians. We hope that receiving a postcard will prompt the recipient to log-on to find out more about the project and then send their own postcards, thus creating an ever expanding audience.

We will also use the postcards to promote the work of Peace One Day (and their campaign to raise awareness of International Peace Day on 21st September each year and their call for a global ceasefire on this day) and the work of other charities and organisations working towards peace and non-violence both nationally and on a global scale. We don’t just want to stop wars but to bring an end to all violence whether between nations or individuals, at home or abroad. We want to work with campaigns against domestic violence, knife/gun crime and bring an end to hunger where it is a result of hostilities.

The Postcards For Peace team will create their own range of postcard designs and we will work with other professional designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to create others. Registered users will also be able to upload their own design to use for their own postcards. We will also allow users to submit their designs to the gallery (subject to approval).

We hope that we will be able to encourage celebrities, from around the world, to create their own postcard designs which will be seen in the gallery. We may also look into selling signed, limited edition prints of some of these celebrity artworks.

Education is incredibly important. Children are the innocent victims of war and often suffer as a result of domestic abuse, bullying and street crime today. But they aren’t brought up with the same prejudices of past generations of children and we have to make sure that they stay that way as they grow old so that they can then educate their elders. We will work with schools to create some postcard designs and winning entries from each school may feature in the gallery. As well as holding competitions for children to get their artwork used for our postcards, we will encourage schools to send postcards to other schools in different countries. We feel it would be incredibly symbolic for a class in Europe or US to have the opportunity to communicate with a school in the Middle East with messages of Peace and Hope. We are in communication with a charity which has founded a school for Afghan refugees in Pakistan and hope to be able to make similar relationships in time.

“So, why are there no postcards on your website then?” I hear you ask. Well, our campaign was only launched at the beginning of June 2013. We wanted to build up some support for the campaign on Twitter and Facebook before progressing on to the next stage. We wanted to know that people around the world understood and liked our idea. Within a very short time it has become apparent that people are connecting with it and we are now ready to move on to the next stage. As of 19th July, we have a combined audience of nearly 1000 people over both social media platforms, from all around the world. I have been contacted by many people who seem to be as passionate about Postcards For Peace as I am.

The next stage is to build the website, which will be the hub of the whole campaign, but for that we need funds. We are looking into the various opportunities open to us and are hoping to meet with businesses that might be willing to sponsor us or donate funds so that we can get the project up and running. We are also looking at the possibility of a crowd funding campaign to encourage individuals to donate towards the cost of getting Postcards For Peace off the ground.

If you are interested in helping to fund the project, or are a creative that might be able to offer their services, we would love to hear from you.

If you run a business that might have services that would be compatible with what we require, please do get in touch. We are also keen to talk to other charities or organisations that we might be able to work with in the future.

Finally, we are looking for celebrity ambassadors or patrons who, initially, will be able to help us promote the campaign. In the future we will also be asking celebrities to donate artwork for out postcards.

To get in touch with us, please use the contact form on the website or drop me a line at martin@postcardsforpeace.org

Thank you so much for taking the time to read all this. Please do Take Part & Pass It On.

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