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Event aims to promote peace among youths

GRIEF: Leroy James Sr holds a photo of his murdered 14-year-old son, Leroy Jr

AN ORGANISATION is hosting an event aimed at getting young people to put aside their differences.

Youth project RISE! Empowering Safety, set up to help young people keep safe and achieve their educational and career goals, said it is to host its annual Empowering Safety Programme on June 8.

Football club Tottenham Hotspur’s Foundation and Coombes Croft Library in north London are hosting the event, which began in 2009 as a pilot project.

"The launch date coincides with the start of the Olympiad period, where nations put down their arms to join together to participate in the peaceful unified activity called the Olympics. Empowering Safety mirrors the Olympiads in that young people from neighbouring London boroughs will put away their differences [post code disputes] to come together for a common aim. This aim is to keep safe, raise aspirations, and promote community cohesion, unity, and peace," organisers said.

They added: "This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Leroy James, who sadly lost his life to knife crime in August 2011. Many of his friends will be attending to learn how they can keep safe."

Leroy was found slumped against a wall after being attacked and stabbed in Ponders End recreation ground in Enfield, north London, on August 17 last year.

The 14-year-old died despite attempts by paramedics to save him.

Empowering Safety 2012 would give young people an awareness of safety issues in the community and prepare them for employment, education and training opportunities, the organisers said.

Those who need help will also be referred to support organisations.

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