I can only say how much I appreciate the tremendous difference that Amref Health Africa makes in so many parts of Africa, and just how much I appreciate the invaluable support that so many of you give to the vital work they do.
Ireland also offers its traditional hundred thousand welcomes - cead mile failte - to so many of the British people who have made their home across the water, or who travel there to experience the warmth and beauty of your country.
From these stories grow conversation, debate and, most importantly, action. Over the last nine years, WOW has held 65 festivals in 15 countries, reaching over 2 million people. As we know, these festivals are both a joyous celebration of women and girls across the globe, and, at the same time, a frank examination of the issues that prevent them from achieving their potential.
It was important to me that we should find this opportunity to celebrate your community, in its broadest sense, and to express, however inadequately, the gratitude of this country for everything that people of Cypriot heritage have brought to it over the years. For my part, I can only say how much I appreciate the tremendous difference that each and every one of you makes.
I am so thrilled that the Prayer Book Society still work so hard to spread the word about the Prayer Book and its value. As I’m sure many of you understand as well as I do, as you get older, the words in the Prayer Book mean more and more and more. This is, I think, the point of it, as repetition and familiarity makes such a difference to one’s life – particularly towards the end of it, which you don’t realise at the time when you are younger.
I can’t believe 25 years later what I’m seeing now. We’ve got all these wonderful medicines, there’s been incredible research going into it. We’ve got people on helplines helping others who obviously need a cheery chat to get them through it. It’s just incredible what’s happened and I just wish my mother was here today to see what could have been done.
It seems to me that every young person, wherever they live, deserves a chance to succeed – and that when that chance is given, we all share in the dividend. With your support, we can offer such a chance to even more young people in Greece and empower them to play their part in shaping the future of their country and their society.
What started as a modest initiative has, I am proud to say, flourished into an organization that has had a positive impact on the lives of so many people and communities right across South Asia. This, of course, has been entirely due, Ladies and Gentlemen, to your continuing generosity and support.
As your President, I’m delighted that our wines will have an even higher profile in this country and abroad. As you all know, our wine-makers make a huge contribution to tourism in this country.
As well as being a time for reflection, Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for us all to consider how we may make a difference today. So many of our communities around the country are exploring how they can be more welcoming to others fleeing oppression or how they can challenge contemporary forms of prejudice.