Challenge Wales is always up for celebrating an event or a moment in time.
Celebrating the huge commitment our volunteers give and recognising this in Volunteers Week. Celebrating St David’s Day, the Patron Saint of Wales, celebrating with young people after every voyage. Celebrating Youth Work Week and making sure people know about the work that we do to help young people broaden their horizons and improve their employment prospects.
We celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee Pageant in 2012 in London, and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 by being part of the Commonwealth Games Flotilla up the Clyde. But, it wasn’t until recently we were aware of International Youth Day and Challenge Wales couldn’t get more international than where she was and what she was doing on that day.
So when is International Youth Day we hear you say? As we found out, International Youth Day is marked on 12th August every year.
As stated on the United Nations website; “On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day.”
So where was Challenge Wales on 12th August 2016, on International Youth Day? Challenge Wales was in A Coruna (Northern Spain) as part of the Tall Ships Races. The Tall Ships Races is one of the most spectacular youth events in Europe with, on this occasion, no fewer than 16 flag states represented. It gives the opportunity for young people all over the world to take part in sail training. On one vessel there were no fewer than 13 different nationalities. Tall Ships Racing is cross cultural and with at least 50% of trainees on each boat having to be aged under 26 years it is a fantastic opportunity for young people to experience something that is life-changing, share stories and make friends.
Challenge Wales was there representing Wales, and proudly flying the Welsh flag. We joined young people from all over the world in a parade around the streets of A Coruna, took part in inter-crew sports shore-side. Celebrating culture. Celebrating young people. Celebrating sail training. What better way to be a global citizen!
And, on that international note, when Challenge Wales departed A Coruna no fewer than 5 different languages were able to be spoken onboard!