The lo­cal heroes recog­nised in royal birth­day hon­ours list

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Ian Lewis & Robert Lloyd

A FOR­MER Llanelli teacher was among the great and good fea­tur­ing in the Queen’s birth­day hon­ours list.

Pamela Chris­tine Evans, from Mor­ris­ton, Swansea, is ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to the pro­mo­tion of peace and interfaith un­der­stand­ing.

Fol­low­ing New York’s Twin Tow­ers ter­ror­ist at­tack in 2001, she set about es­tab­lish­ing the Peace Mala or­gan­i­sa­tion, spurred into action after wit­ness­ing young Mus­lim pupils fac­ing bul­ly­ing from their peers and prej­u­dice that soon spread to other faith mi­nori­ties.

At the time she was head of re­li­gious stud­ies at Llanelli’s Coed­cae School. Peace Mala was con­ceived and ed­u­ca­tional packs for schools, youth and com­mu­nity groups were cre­ated. These are de­signed to in­stil the mes­sage of treat­ing oth­ers as you would wish them to treat you, and through her ded­i­ca­tion and drive, this small lo­cal ini­tia­tive has grown into a project with a global reach.

The project now has ac­cred­ited schools across Wales and Eng­land and

thou­sands of young peo­ple have ben­e­fited from their exposure to Peace Mala.

Peace Mala was the first interfaith ac­tiv­ity in Wales fo­cused on young peo­ple and in 2017, held the first Interfaith Li­turgy for World Peace in Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathe­dral at­tended by an ar­ray of faith lead­ers.

Speak­ing of her ap­point­ment, Mrs Evans said: “It is a phe­nom­e­nal hon­our and it brought me to tears, to be hon­est, as I know nom­i­na­tions were made by those work­ing along­side me at Peace Mala.

“I hope it helps to raise even more aware­ness of the work that we do and how im­por­tant our mes­sage is.”

“To see it grow the way it has over the years has been won­der­ful and to be awarded the MBE is won­der­ful.”

Also ap­pointed MBE was Caroline Anne Headon, of South Wales Po­lice for ser­vices to policing and tackling se­ri­ous and or­gan­ised crime in Wales.

For­mer Coed­cae teacher Pamela Evans is ap­pointed an MBE for ser­vices to the pro­mo­tion of peace and interfaith un­der­stand­ing.

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