UK Newsletter December 2018

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2019
Do you want to go on the adventure of a lifetime and raise money to support young people across the Commonwealth? If the answer is yes, sign up to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with the RCS in July 2019! Join us for 9 days on this iconic trek, where your team will follow the Rongai Route to Uhuru Peak: the highest point in Africa. For more information please email or visit our Mount Kilimanjaro climb webpage. Please share this opportunity with relevant networks and friends who might be interested.
Presidential visit to the RCS
The RCS was delighted to welcome the former Presidents of Botswana and Mozambique, H.E. Festus Mogae and H.E. Joaquim Chissano, to London for a week of meetings and events about HIV, health and inclusion. During their visit, the former Presidents spoke to Commonwealth parliamentarians and officials about the need to reform laws that discriminate against LGBT+ people and women and girls, and how these archaic laws perpetuate the HIV crisis in Africa. Listen to a BBC interview with H.E. Festus Mogae, or find out more about the presidents’ visit to London.
Commonwealth Voices
The December edition of the RCS magazine, Commonwealth Voices is now published. From the Society’s 150th anniversary reception at Lancaster House to coverage of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners Week and 2019 launch in Ghana by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, it can be read online or downloaded.
RCS Christmas Hours
This year the RCS office will be closed from the 21st December 2018 until the 2nd January 2019, meaning no staff will be available during this period. If you have anything that needs to be discussed with, or completed by, an RCS staff member before the end of the year, please contact them before the 21st December. Contact details can be found on our website.
The Commonwealth Service
Held on Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey is the largest annual inter-faith celebration in the UK, held in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, the UK Prime Minister, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, High Commissioners and approximately 700 UK school children. Do you know a school or youth group who might be interested in this opportunity? Registration is open for expressions of interest until Monday 21st January.
A Thank You from the RCS
As we near the end of 2018, the RCS would like to thank everyone who has supported us this last year. The passion and generosity of our supporters and networks is the reason the Society is able to support emerging young leaders, speak out on important human-rights issues and connect individuals across 53 countries and beyond. If you would like to support the RCS in 2019, and help us strengthen the values of the Commonwealth, please visit our website to make a donation.





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