International Day of Peace Rotary event

In peace lies hope.

The Rotary Club of Fort Worth’s “Hands on Peace Event” (HOPE) is about to hold the third annual event, which continues to grow. This year’s HOPE will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus.

That is also the International Day of Peace. The focus of this year’s event is “Peace In Our World, Peace In Our Community, and Peace Within Me.”

Featured speakers for the event include:

- FWBP Digital Partners -

*Timothy Harrison, Emory-Tibet Partnership, assistant director of cognitive-based compassion training at Emory University.

*Richard Miles, 2019 CNN Hero and founder of Miles of Freedom, which provides holistic support for individuals, families and communities impacted by incarceration. He was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 15 years in prison before being exonerated.

*Sister Norma Pimentel, M.J., Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley executive director and 2018 University of Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal recipient. She will be speaking about the migrant respite center she runs in McAllen.

*Kelsang Tenpa, American Buddhist monk and current administrative director for Kadampa Meditation Center Texas.

- Advertisement -

*Jolly Kahunde, Uganda-born refugee and founder of Malayika Rescue Mission, a nonprofit youth development organization whose focus is on assisting underpriveleged children in Uganda with education and other opportunities.

*Heather Lowe, The Center for Transforming Lives, coordinator of Coalition for Homeless Children. She will be speaking on the hidden homeless in Tarrant County.

*Bernardo Vallarino, coordinator of the Fort Worth art collective, Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist whose work strives to engage his audience not only visually, but also morally and philosophically.

*Robyn Short, corporate peace-building trainer, international speaker and mediator, adjunct professor at SMU and Bay Path University.

- Advertisement -

“‘Peace In Our World, Peace In Our Community and Peace Within Me is such a timely and timeless topic as we are living in an environment in which peace is often overlooked as an option to resolution when interacting with those we may not agree with on various topics,” Rotary Club of Fort Worth President Rachel Marker said. “HOPE focuses on how we can have big conversations on topics that lead to greater understanding and to live more harmoniously in our communities.”

Also, over 24 nonprofit organizations will be exhibiting in the Hall of Peace.

For more information, contact Shanna Saldana at or the Rotary office at