A Piece of Peace for the Richmonds of the World

CAMPAIGN UPDATE
This campaign commenced on July 31st but was paused on August 4th because the time was not right.  The campaign resumed on December 5th because it is KAIROS - the right and opportune moment!

BACKGROUND ON RICHMONDS OF THE WORLD

My name is Rick Tatnall of Richmond, Virginia.  In 1999 I organized, led and was the primary funder for a delegation of students and teachers from Richmond Public Schools that visited our namesake in London, the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.  Below is the view of the River Thames from Richmond Hill which inspired William Byrd II in 1737 to name our community Richmond because of its distinct and remarkable similarity to the view of the James River from what is now known as Libby Hill, in the Church Hill neighborhood.41007018_1565197995756174_r.jpeg
The delegation of almost thirty people enjoyed a magical seven days in England - even more special for the majority of the RPS students who had never even been on an airplane before.  It was also my first time abroad and this intersection with the global community was transformational for me and my advocacy work for my community of Richmond.  Upon return I became increasingly aware of the many communities of Richmond around the world, and for the last 20 years I have been developing and promoting a concept called Richmonds of the World (ROTW) to create a global Community of Richmond - connecting in common purpose the 90+ communities of Richmond around the world.  The world has certainly changed a great deal in the last 20 years, and it has become obvious to me that the global community of Richmond – currently 93 communities in 17 countries on all 6 inhabited continents – has an incredibly important role to play in humanity’s effort to create a sustainable future for life on Earth.  For a snapshot of these efforts, please view the video in the link below from US Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, former Mayor of the City of Richmond and current Patron for our ROTW efforts:
https://youtu.be/SJoW7dW8ius

A PIECE OF PEACE
One of the 93 Richmonds is in Christchurch, New Zealand and is about 1.5 miles from the Linwood Mosque, which was the second mosque attacked in the March 15th terror attacks this year in Christchurch.  Within days of that event a Richmonds of the World supportive response was developed with a project called A Piece of Peace (APOP) which involves sending a large banner (10 feet by 36 feet) promoting the word PEACE.   After several weeks of considering the project scope and reaching out to Richmonders in New Zealand, on April 21st there was a retaliatory terror attack in Sri Lanka, also home to a community of Richmond.  Because the attacks were related, and because of the Richmonds connection, I quickly realized we must expand this peace project to include a response to Sri Lanka.  I contacted the Principal at Richmond College, on Richmond Hill in Galle, Sri Lanka – named for the same Richmond Hill shown above – and secured the support of his school and this community of Richmond for our peace efforts.  Current plans involve sending a PEACE banner to New Zealand and Sri Lanka to help deal with the pain that will come with the anniversaries of the attacks in 2020.  For more details and a timeline for the APOP project, including a letter of support from Senator Tim Kaine, please visit > http://replenishrichmond.com/a-piece-of-peace/.   

RICHMUN 2020
All of these actions have energized the Richmonds of the World initiative as more Richmonders and Richmondites have been brought into the fold.   One of those people is my new friend Nohim Abeynayake, a student at Richmond College in Sri Lanka.  Here is the Richmond College website > http://www.richmondcollege.lk/and below is a picture of their beautiful campus on top of Richmond Hill in Galle.
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Nohim and fellow students at Richmond College are involved in a serious Model United Nations program and have cleverly named their effort RichMUN.  Through online searches I found out that Richmond, British Columbia also has a RichMUN program and then I found a new community of Richmond - the Richmond School in Bogota, Colombia - that also has a Model UN program called RichMUN (my new friend Juan Hernandez in Bogota told me that the Richmond School is named after Richmond, Virginia!)

These new Richmond based connections have inspired an exciting project we are calling RichMUN 2020, which involves a ROTW-based Model UN to be held in Richmond, Virginia in October 2020.  Through the Principal at Richmond College and the Headmaster at the Richmond School I am working with students and teachers at both schools to help develop the program and involve other communities of Richmond in the process.  Nohim and I have identified 45 communities of Richmond around the world with high schools or secondary schools that will be invited to participate in the conference.  The ultimate goal of RichMUN 2020 is for the students to develop, approve and then formally present a global strategic action plan to the United Nations in New York.  For more information on RichMUN 2020, please visit > http://replenishrichmond.com/richmun-2020/

RICHMOND COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
Richmond, Virginia is the leading Richmond in all these efforts and a critical component of that leadership was secured as Richmonds of the World, A Piece of Peace and RichMUN 2020 have gained the enthusiasm and formal support of the RVA’s Richmond Community High School  > https://www.rvaschools.net/RCHSActing as a conduit to Richmond Public Schools and schools across the RVA, Richmond Community students and teachers will be leaders in the development and production of all these projects.  The APOP link above includes a wonderful letter of support from RCHS Principal Kenya Massenburg.

FUNDRAISING GOALS
The current goal of this Go Fund Me effort is $25,000 which will be used to pay all the costs related to the A Piece of Peace (APOP) project and to start preparing for the RichMUN 2020 conference.  While we are raising money, we are also looking for people to become involved in these efforts, so the dream result is that at least 1000 people make a contribution of $25, or more if they are able.  Specifically those costs are as follows:

APOP banner canvas, paint and other art expenses = $5,000
APOP banners shipping containers and shipping costs = $2,500
Miscellaneous APOP expenses (like RVA signing event at Libby Hill) = $5,000
Development of a website and other marketing efforts for RichMUN 2020 = $2,500
Management / logistical support of APOP & RichMUN 2020 (Rick Tatnall & others) = $10,000

We are very fortunate to have the support of Plaza Art which has offered us a wonderful discount on the costs of the canvas.  Additional funds raised beyond $25,000 will go to supporting the RichMUN 2020 conference and ROTW efforts at Richmond Community High School.  Anyone interested in making a contribution that is tax-deductible, please contact me by email - rick@replenishrichmond.com

CONCLUSION
Richmonds of the World started as an educational effort and is grounded in the education of Richmonders and Richmondites of all ages, especially our youth.  This Go Fund Me campaign is also an educational effort as it will inform and educate folks about the growing global community of Richmond and the opportunities to support the education and social development of students in Richmond, Virginia and in Richmonds around the world.  Everyone who becomes involved immediately becomes a piece of peace, and I promise that the good feelings directly associated with these efforts will bring a smile to your face and positively touch your heart and soul.  Thank you for anything you can do to help.
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Rick Tatnall and Barclay Simpson of Richmond Yorkshire, the original Richmond.

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