September 15, 2006 9:30
John Lennon’s birthday commemorated by peace events
Yoko Ono gives away peace prize
The anniversary of John Lennon birthday on October 9 will be commemorated with two peace events organised by Yoko Ono.
The LennonOno Grant for Peace will give out two $50,000 prizes to the Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Centre for Constitutional Rights.
In a statement Yoko Ono said: “These two groups look beyond today's conflicts and destruction and envision a positive future for our society, while working selflessly and tirelessly towards establishing a more peaceful environment for our planet.
“They are strong representatives of the many groups who are working in the same direction, today. They need and deserve all of our support and respect.”
In addition to this, the Imagine Peace Tower is set to be constructed in Reykjavik. The base of it will be filled with international prayers and wishes. It will stand as a symbol of world peace.
Ono says: “Each one of us was born at this time, not by chance, but to fulfil a mission. Our work is not yet done.
“I know that John’s spirit will be joining us on that day, October 9th, in Reykjavik and I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate this exciting day. WAR IS OVER, if you want it. I love you.”