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#Freeze4Peace Challenge

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Newcastle Beach.

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The #Freeze4Peace Challenge brings supporters of PeacePlayers - Northern Ireland together to dive into the Irish Sea on Boxing Day.

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On Thursday 26th Dec 2019, brave souls will be taking to the icy waters of the Irish Sea to take part in PeacePlayers - Northern Ireland's 4th annual #Freeze4Peace Challenge. This year's Challenge is in support of PeacePlayers Twinning programme across Belfast and Northern Ireland.

The Twinning is a pairing - or a partnership - between two schools, typically a predominately Catholic primary school and a predominately Protestant primary school. A Twinning is the start of the PeacePlayers - Northern Ireland's journey for many of our participants and is PeacePlayers main programme, working currently with 26 schools across Belfast and Northern Ireland, roughly 1,500 children per year.

How can you get involved? There are three options:

  1. You can join PeacePlayers on the morning and dive into the Irish Sea. To register, please follow the "register" button or scroll to the bottom for more details.
  2. We know that Boxing Day doesn't suit everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't #Freeze4Peace, too. Get creative! We encourage everyone to find a way to freeze AND then challenge your family and friends to freeze, too! Suggestions for freezing: how long can you stay in an ice bath? who can eat an ice lolly the fastest? dump a bucket of ice water over your head! Please follow the "register" button or scroll to the bottom for more details on how to challenge.
  3. You can support the divers or those that have been challenged by giving to the #Freeze4Peace Challenge. Any amount, big or small is welcome. To give follow the "register" button or scroll to the bottom for more details.

Why get involved? Watch the inspiring video below to see why all support for the #Freeze4Peace Challenge is going towards the Twinning Programme

For nearly 20 years, PeacePlayers - Northern Ireland's Twinning Programme has been operating in some of Belfast and Northern Ireland’s most divided areas using basketball as a tool to bring young people together, develop their leadership skills and change perceptions. AJ is a 19-year-old from a Protestant/British background and Rachel is a 19-year-old from a Catholic/Irish background. Despite all odds and everything they had learned as children, they have come together over time through the power of their involvement in PeacePlayers and the Twinning Programme.

They are an example of what can be achieved if we provide young people with the time and space to learn about each other and invest in their capacity to be leaders. Their example is just one of many where young people have come together through PeacePlayers, learned they are not as different as they thought and have moved on to form lasting friendships. As adults now, Aj and Rachel are equipped with the skills and confidence to give back. PeacePlayers is so proud that they are now employed as sessional coaches on the twinning programme and are both playing a massive role working to build positive relations between children in the very same primary schools they once attended. Aj and Rachel are the embodiment of what it means to be a PeacePlayer. #itscooltobeapeaceplayer

Through supporting the #Freeze4Peace Challenge you are helping PeacePlayers -Northern Ireland to foster new friendship and to develop more brilliant young leaders like Aj and Rachel.

Guidelines for those interested in or wish to get involved in the #Freeze4Peace Challenge.

PeacePlayers encourages all who are participating in the #Freeze4Peace Challenge to give a £10 donation. For those participating and/or spectating, we will be diving into the Irish Sea at Newcastle Beach at 9.30am. We will be meeting in the Downs Road Car Park next to the Percy French Restaurant and will be taking to the sea from the slip way. Wet suits are not permitted. Though a top tip is to wear shoes as it makes the experience all the more pleasant! Following the Challenge, all spectators and participants are welcome to join PeacePlayers for a warm fire and cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea.

If you've been challenged to #Freeze4Peace by a friend or family member, we suggest a £5 donation. IF you would like to opt out of the challenge, but want to challenge another friend or family member, we suggest you make a £10 donation. For an example of what challenging someone can look like - watch the video below!

For those that are doing neither, but still wish to support the #Freeze4Peace Challenge, please feel free to give however much you can. If you are supporting a specific person for the Challenge, we suggest writing that person(s) name in the prompt "why you are supporting the #F4P Challenge?"

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