Major U.K. and U.S. Landmine Charities Honour Footsteps of Diana



    
    April Events Link 'Land and Sea'

    Her Majesty Queen Noor and Legendary Napa Valley Vintner Miljenko Grgich
    to Receive Roots of Peace Global Citizen Award Onboard Queen Mary 2
    

    LONDON, March 26 /CNW/ -- In honour of the 10th anniversary of the death
of the late Diana, Princess of Wales who catapulted the issue of landmines to
the forefront of the international agenda, two major U.K. and U.S. charity
organisations are joining forces to stage global events raising funds to
remove landmines and unexploded bombs.
    While April 2007 marks a decade since Diana's courageous footsteps were
taken into the dangerous minefields of Angola, an estimated 12 million
landmines still remain endangering lives and preventing the cultivation of
land. In a global "call to action," U.K.-based MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and
U.S.-based Roots of Peace, continue her vital work by replacing these "seeds
of terror" with "seeds of hope".

    
    (*)  "Spirit of Diana Walk" (28 April 2007) is a 10km MAG walk through
         the heart of London to raise awareness and funds to help eradicate
         landmines. This historic walk will start at The Imperial War Museum
         in South London to help support the clearance of pathways in Angola
         and throughout other mine affected countries worldwide. The goal is
         to culminate the walk at "A Mountain of Single Shoes" constructed by
         MAG -- each shoe symbolising a life or limb lost to the perils of
         landmines so far this year. Please visit www.magclearsmines.org to
         register for this sponsored walk to raise significant funds.

    (*)  "Cruise for Peace" (30 April 2007) on Cunard's Queen Mary 2, will
         set sail on a six-day transatlantic crossing from New York arriving
         in Southampton on 5 May. Cunard will host a Cruise for Peace ~ Bon
         Voyage Luncheon onboard QM2 that will include a Mines to Vines wine
         tasting reception featuring world-class wines from Napa Valley
         Vintners. A percentage of the fares booked through travel partner
         You & Leisure Travel will be donated to Roots of Peace. For more
         information on booking passage for the Cruise for Peace and
        attending the Bon Voyage Luncheon please visit www.rootsofpeace.org.
    

    At the Cruise for Peace Bon Voyage Luncheon, Her Majesty Queen Noor and
Miljenko "Mike" Grgich, legendary Napa Valley vintner and owner, Grgich Hills
Estate, will be presented with the Roots of Peace, 2007 Global Citizen Award.
The luncheon will take place onboard Queen Mary 2 at the Brooklyn (New York)
Cruise Terminal, 11:00am -- 3:00pm. A reception will feature Grgich Hills
Estate wines and a gourmet lunch will be served in the three-story Britannia
Restaurant.
    Roots of Peace, a humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to the
eradication of landmines by returning de-mined land to productive agricultural
use, created the Global Citizen Award to salute the leadership and unique
contributions of Her Majesty Queen Noor and Napa Valley Vintner Mike Grgich in
raising landmine awareness around the globe. "The grapevine represents the
seeds we have in common rather than those which separate us," said Heidi Kuhn,
Founder and CEO, Roots of Peace. "While the fermented vine in Croatia honors
the fine wines produced by legendary vintner, Mike Grgich, the fresh grapes
and raisins honor the harvest of hope in Muslim countries where her Majesty
Queen Noor has nurtured the vine," added Kuhn.
    Queen Noor has been a tireless advocate for mine victims and their
families to recover, heal, and resume their role as participating and
contributing members of society. In 1998, as patron of Landmine Survivors
Network (LSN), she hosted the first "International Conference on Landmine
Injury & Rehabilitation in the Middle East." She announced the 40th
ratification of the Ottawa Mine Ban-Treaty at the United Nations on October 1,
1998 detailing new measures to universalize the treaty and promote
victim-survivor assistance. She has traveled to Africa, South East Asia,
Europe, Central America, and the United States to raise awareness of the
humanitarian disaster wrought by landmines and the dire need to assist
survivors rebuild their lives. She has also been a leader in promoting public
understanding of the relation between international agricultural research and
global peace, prosperity, environmental renewal, health, and the alleviation
of human suffering.
    Inspired to help his fellow Croatians get back on their feet following
the war, Mike Grgich joined Roots of Peace on a U.S. Department of State trip
to his homeland in May 2000. With spirit and dedication, Mike Grgich raised
the necessary funds through the proceeds of the 25th Anniversary of the Paris
Tasting to join Roots of Peace in restoring the bountiful vineyards of
Croatia. Since then, Roots of Peace has completed projects in Dragalic,
Bibinge, Cista Mala, Cista Velika, Ilok, and Karlovac.

    
    About MAG and Roots of Peace Partnership
    
    MAG (www.magclearsmines.org) and Roots of Peace (www.rootsofpeace.org)
have successfully developed a series of DEMINE/REPLANT partnerships in recent
years -- transforming minefields into bountiful agricultural lands. Together,
this innovative U.K./U.S. partnership has saved lives and improved the
economic stability of farmers living in war-torn regions by removing landmines
and planting high value crops. MAG/Roots of Peace agricultural projects have
included planting rice in Battambang, Cambodia and wheat in Mosul, Iraq --
creating a harvest of hope for innocent families who have lived in fear of the
dangers of farming their own land.
    These events link land and sea and further declare the commitment of MAG
and Roots of Peace to expand this DEMINE/REPLANT model to continue to "plant
peace" from the ground up in honour of Diana, Princess of Wales.
    MAG, a co-laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize, employs more than 2,500
people worldwide to help provide safer futures for lives affected by conflict
in countries such as Lebanon, Angola, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Vietnam and
Sudan. MAG has cleared millions of landmines and unexploded bombs across the
world and saved millions of lives and limbs with its programme of conflict
recovery.
    Roots of Peace, a California based non-profit organization, was founded
in September 1997 with a clear mission to rid the world of landmines by
transforming toxic minefields into thriving farmlands. In honour of the legacy
of Diana, Princess of Wales, Roots of Peace offers a simple toast that "the
world may go from mines to vines" and works to implement a comprehensive and
lasting solution that not only removes the mines but restores the land and
livelihood of the local community through sustainable agriculture solutions.
In Afghanistan, over 100,000 landmines and unexploded bombs were removed in
the Shomali Plains located north of Kabul. As a result, with the support and
expertise of Roots of Peace, over 10,000 Afghan farmers successfully harvested
and exported over 100 tonnes of fresh grapes to India, Pakistan, UAE, Ukraine
and Russia.

    
    About Cunard Line
    
    Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2 and QE2,
has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of
British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer,
Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together
like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star
Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of historic
voyages and transatlantic travel. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in December
2007.





For further information:

For further information: Ms. Harriett Christie of MAG (Mine Advisory
Group), +44 (0)161 236 4311, harriett.christie@mag.org.uk; or Heidi Kuhn,
Founder of Roots of Peace, +1-415-948-9646, heidi@rootsofpeace.org, or In the
United Kingdom at Malmaison Oxford (Hotel), (011 44) (0)1865 268 400 (through
Fri 30 April), Main Office (California): +1-415-455-8008,
info@rootsofpeace.org, for Roots of Peace; or Cindy Adams, +1-917-282-2464,
adams@redpointpr.com, or Maria Andriano, +1-917-750-8484,
andriano@redpointpr.com, both of Redpoint Marketing PR, for Cunard Line

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