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The Barnardo’s Big Toddle is the UK’s biggest charity event for children under the age of 5!

Mayor of Lambeth with teachers and children at Barnado's Big Toddle on Kennington Park

Mayor of Lambeth with teachers and children at Barnado's Big Toddle on Kennington Park

Each year, up to half a million children have great fun with their friends, taking part in their short sponsored walk.

I visited one of these walks organised by St John the Divine Nursery on Kennington Park to award the children medals as they crossed the finnishing line.

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On a beautifully sunny afternoon I arrived at Kennington Park to see smoke rising from tents. As I arrived the Bishop of Madeira was holding mass on the park, I was greeted by several dignitaries including the Portuguese Ambassador, the Mayor of Santa Cruz and The Secretary Regional dor immigration DR. Barzalo deCastri of the Madeira Government. Throughout the day I was looked after by the Conselho permanente communindandes Madeirenses, Carlos Freitas.

Mayor of Lambeth with Secretario Regional dos Recursos Humanos

Mayor of Lambeth with Secretario Regional dos Recursos Humanos

I was joined at the event by Councillor Rachel Heywood, Cabinet Member for Culture and Communities, who spoke to the audience who had come to this community event in Portuguese.

Mayor of Lambeth with Cllr Rachael Heywood and Carlos Freitas

Mayor of Lambeth with Cllr Rachel Heywood and Carlos Freitas

We toured the stands, with a huge variety of  foods; meat, fish, bread and cakes followed thankfully by lunch as after seeing all the delicious food we were all very hungry.

Mass held at Madeira Day on Kennington Park

Mass held at Madeira Day on Kennington Park

Throughout the day I learnt a great deal about Madeira and the Potuguese speaking community in Lambeth.  I learnt that Madeira day is actually on July 1st, however is celebrated on different days throughout the world. This was an excellent community event which I am sure was throughly enjoyed by all that attended.

Madeira Day on Kennington Park

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LIVE event in Kennington ParkSaturday 7 June 2008

The LIVE (pronunced as in Live the life) event was advertised by its organisers as a demonstration of unity and solidarity bringing together young people from all backgrounds and walks of life to unite against the prevailing gun and knife culture of our youth generation.

The event was full of an amazing array of talent from young people with a clear message that they are united against gun knife and drug crime being in their lives. I was impressed by the enormous talent that the young people involved demonstrated. I was moved by the father of a victim of gun crime who spoke about his loss as a father losing his son.

I had writen a speach prior to the event however was driven by what I had seen and I spoke about the amazing talent that had been on show for all of us to see together with a frustration that this is not reported by our press LIVE Kennington Parkwho only want to push a story of young people as criminals and a threat to us all.

The truth, as so wonderfully demonstrated by everyone who took part in the event, is that a maority of young people are doing wonderful things. What I saw at the LIVE event is an enormous amount of talent which proved to me that my belief in them is rightfully placed and that one day we will be able to place all our futures in their hands.

This event showed how much you can gain by investing time and energy in young people and it was clear you do not need to force them to achieve – they want to and do.

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