Fields of Life charity to hoist flag onto province’s top peak

A school helped by Fields of Life.
A school helped by Fields of Life.

Portadown-based charity, Fields of Life, has been chosen to take the Commonwealth Flag to the summit of the highest peak in Northern Ireland next week.

This will take place at the top of Slieve Donard on Monday and will coincide with the raising of the flag at the three other highest peaks in the UK, moments prior to when the Queen will ‘break’ the Commonwealth Flag outside Westminster Abbey.

Over 500 Commonwealth Flags will be raised by local authorities and community groups throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in celebration of Commonwealth Day.

It will be the largest, single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth. Those taking part will read a message of ‘good wishes’ from Her Majesty The Queen, along with the Commonwealth Affirmation.

The Queen will ‘break’ the Commonwealth Flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, on Commonwealth Day.

Shortly after The Queen has ‘broken’ the flag, Her Majesty will attend the annual Commonwealth Observance (service) in Westminster Abbey, which will also be attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Fields of Life say they are “honoured and privileged” to have been chosen as the only Northern Ireland charity to take part in the four peak commonwealth. It is an international development charity founded in 1993 and aims to see meaningful change occur in the lives of whole communities in East Africa through holistic and sustainable development. The charity collaborates with local communities and churches in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provision of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based initiatives.

The charity has constructed 110 schools throughout East Africa with more 45,000 children currently receiving a quality education, giving them the opportunity to develop skills that will enable them to break out of the cycle of poverty and hardship.