Sowing Seeds of Peace at Miami Springs Festival
In April the community of Miami Springs (northwest of Miami) held its annual 3-day Springs River Festival. This is a hugely popular event which has been held ever since the 1970's. Around 3000 people enjoyed a fun-packed program including a cake bake-off, youth Chess Tournament, a High School reunion, live entertainment from local bands, competitions, side-shows and stalls.Local residents Luz and Oscar realised that the festival offered an ideal opportunity to promote Words of Peace Global (WOPG) TV in South Florida, as well as raise awareness of the humanitarian aid provided internationally by The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF).
Their enthusiasm was contagious and soon a dedicated team of volunteers came together to help with the outreach initiative. The team organised an information booth with media presentations, cards and DVDs introducing the work of both WOPG and TPRF.
The booth attracted thousands of visitors over the three days of the festival, including local government officials, the press, and many members of the public and families from the local Miami Springs community.
Said Josefina, one of the volunteers, “Our introduction was, ’Do you want to watch a new concept of TV programming?’ and their response was, ‘Yes!’ We distributed over 2000 cards promoting Clarity TV shows, WOPG and TPRF.”
The booth attendants also gave out DVDs to people who expressed a special interest in Prem Rawat’s message of peace. Some visitors explained that they were already watching Words of Peace Global TV programs at home and were delighted to meet the volunteers in person and to learn more.
One volunteer described a touching moment when a family of parents and children came to the booth. The parents told her how much they really wanted peace in their lives and especially for their children.
As a result of the volunteers’ presence at the festival, a journalist working for a local community newspaper, the Gazette, said he is interested in publishing an article about Prem Rawat and his humanitarian work.
Volunteers described their participation at the festival as a wonderful and joyful experience, founded on excellent teamwork. As one volunteer said, “I felt so much enthusiasm from the team that on the last day I didn’t want to leave the festival! There was a taste of magic in the air.”
The team all expressed their immense pride and excitement to have taken part in “sowing the seeds of Peace in Miami Springs.”