“As the new CEO of Fight for Peace, having joined this organisation in October, I am truly honoured to share with you some experiences of Fight For Peace that I have been a part of  over the past few months.

One of the highlights of my tenure has been witnessing the impactful work being accomplished by the dedicated team at Fight for Peace. The commitment to our mission has never been more evident, and the positive outcomes achieved are a testament to the collective efforts of our staff, the board, partners, and, most importantly, our amazing young people.

The truly inclusive culture demonstrates Fight for Peace is for everyone. Diversity is evident throughout Fight for Peace and proudly, this year we have seen a surge in female participation reaching unprecedented levels, seeing boundaries being broken and opportunities expanding for young women. This inclusivity not only strengthens our community but also sets the stage for a more diverse and empowered future.

Some of our young female members during a Boxing Level 1 Course earlier this year

Our sporting endeavours continue to go from strength to strength. Our athletes, passionate and determined, have showcased their skills across our disciplines, demonstrating resilience and sportsmanship. It is a source of immense pride to witness continuous growth.

Amarli and Ricardo bringing home the boxing wins

This year marked the return of our home boxing and muay thai shows, and the feedback has been nothing short of excellent. The enthusiasm and support from our community has reignited the excitement for these events, and we eagerly anticipate an even more active presence in 2024.

Muay thai team after Fight for Peace home show in June

I’ve enjoyed engaging with our Youth Leadership group, Youth Power, and understanding their vision and ideas for Fight For Peace, their efforts have led to material changes and impact on our organisation enabling us to deliver services that are best suited to members. In particular, the work of our Young Creatives which drives our social media and visual presence is a testimony to what young people can achieve in the right environment.

Young Creatives in the zone!

Our Alliance programme remains a cornerstone of our success, allowing us to share best practices with like-minded organisations. I am eager to continue this collaboration in the coming year, as we work together to deliver more innovative solutions and create lasting impact.

Our community engagement with other charity partners has yielded positive results. Collaborations have proven to be powerful catalysts for change, and we eagerly anticipate building upon these partnerships in the coming year. Together, we are making a tangible difference in the lives of young people locally and internationally.

None of this would be possible without the exceptional efforts of our dedicated staff. From those delivering our first-class services to those ensuring the seamless daily operation of the charity, each member of our team plays a vital role. The commitment, passion and energy is unrivalled and I am grateful for the privilege of working with such an outstanding group.

The generosity of our supporters is the driving force behind our achievements. The belief in our mission has made a tangible impact on the lives of countless young people, and we are profoundly grateful for your ongoing support.

Most importantly, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the young people who make Fight for Peace what it is. Your resilience, courage, and determination inspire us every day. Our members are the heart of our organisation, and we are committed to continuing to provide you with the tools and support needed to thrive.

We have some exciting plans for 2024 but importantly we will maintain our values; ‘embracing, championing, solidarity, courage and inspiring’. So, together, we can create a place where every young person has the opportunity to flourish and reach their full potential.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season and a prosperous New Year!”

Team Fight for Peace at the 2023 end of year gathering

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