Gareth Bale joins the youngsters of Wales.
An Oxfordshire radio station issued a signal on behalf of the children of Wales at daybreak on June 28, 1922.
It was the first message of peace and goodwill, and it was heard and repeated at Paris’ Eiffel Tower.
Every year afterwards, a similar letter has been sent out, reaching 84 million individuals in 2021, and this one-of-a-kind gesture has now reached its centennial.
It will be translated into 100 languages this year, thanks to the help of stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Others who have helped disseminate the word in the past include Swansea-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and former US first lady Hillary Clinton, who has Welsh ancestors.
The theme of gender equality for Urdd’s yearly message is addressed by Matthew Rhys.
Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Wales’ largest youth movement, is spreading the message, with this year’s focus on the climate emergency and the motto “It’s time to wake up.”
Bale and Ramsey are two of the Urdd’s four million former members, with over 55,000 young people aged eight to 25 now involved in Welsh-language activities.
The Urdd was established in January 1922, and the 100th message will be delivered from the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Norway.
“At a time when the world’s peace is in such jeopardy, the message, and efforts of the Urdd in welcoming refugees to Wales have never been more significant,” said First Minister Mark Drakeford. As we work together to protect the delicate planet we share, the issue of the climate emergency will resonate with young people all throughout the world.” The theme of last year’s was gender equality.
“I’m happy the peace themes have persisted for so long,” remarked Ann Clwyd, a former Labor MP. She was 14 when she delivered the speech at Chester Cathedral in 1952, and she described it as a “wonderful honor.” “.
She feels that young people should concentrate on more than just academics.