millions throughout the world will hear the Goodwill Message from the
boys and girls of Wales.
lonely sheep farms in Australia the radio will boom out words of
greeting from children in Welsh valleys. Tough Yankee farmers, worrying
about the price of wheat or cattle, will hear the words in Dakota or
Idaho. Large-lipped negro boys on cotton plantations in Georgia or
Louisiana will wonder slowly where this place Wales is.
hobos, lolling, hands in pocket, outside a radio store in New York or
Philadelphia will think bitterly and agree when they hear the phrase in
the Message: “We do not know why there should be so much sorrow in a
world which is so beautiful, and so much want in a world which is so
the Welsh colonies in Patagonia and in Utica listeners will be waiting
for the reading of the Message, just as in Britain on Christmas Day we
waited for the voices coming from all parts of the Empire.
on vessels sailing in different parts of the world will tune in, and in
some radio zones, such as the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, will be
able to hear “ We, the children of Wales, once again warmly greet you
on Goodwill Day.”
the schools of Wales thousands of children assembled in their central
halls will thus be almost in direct link with sailors and adventurers,
workers and pioneers, sportsmen and merchants throughout the world. The
Welsh children are taking part in the great adventure of encircling the
globe with their Message.
Welsh children, in calling for “peace between the peoples and peace
between the nations,” are not only forwarding this ideal, but they are
putting Wales in bright colours on the map.
is a part of England, like Yorkshire, isn’t it?” How many times have
Welsh travellers abroad heard this phrase! And still more frequently
Welshmen are met by a look of blank ignorance when the name Wales is
mentioned. Mr. Lloyd George, it is true, made Wales known, but he is,
nevertheless, nearly always described in foreign books as an Englishman.
Nothing is making Wales so famous as the Welsh Children’s Message, and
nowhere is this so little realised as in Great Britain.
then, does this Message rush round the world on May 1 8, and who are
these millions listening to it? Leaping from continent to continent, we
shall, like Puck, “put a girdle round the earth in forty minutes,”
and find what happens to the words of the Welsh children.
South Africa the boys and girls will hear in school the Message of
Goodwill and will send greetings to Wales. Last year the Secretary of
Education, Pretoria, wrote:
South African boys and girls have a fellow-feeling with the children of
Wales for many reasons. One of the ties we have in common is an
unbounded enthusiasm for sport. Our Springboks one and all testify to
the wonderful hospitality and enthusiastic friendliness which they
experienced in Wales during their recent visit overseas. South Africa is
eager to reciprocate, and there are many young budding Springboks who
dream already of the day when they can meet their friendly and
enthusiastic rivals the Welsh, for whose Rugby prowess they have the
Welsh greeting will be broadcast from Nairobi. Scores of replies have
arrived in past years from South Africa, and from Nyasaland, Zululand,
the Valley of the Nile letters have travelled across the Mediterranean
to Cardiff bringing greetings.
will hear the Message of the Children of Wales, for the powerful
wireless station at Bandoeng, Dutch East Indies, will send it over a
considerable part of the East. The troubled Pacific, over which the
menace of a great war looms, will listen to this appeal to the heart of
the Asiatic peoples coming from the Welsh schools.
year the first cablegram from Asia, replying to the Message, came from
Siam. The Message has been broadcast every year from Tokyo, and a reply
has recently been received from Japan in which some children write:
“We must create a world-community
in which the morning stars sing and the face of every man and woman on
the street shines.”
China, the Minister of Public Instruction circulates the Message in the
schools under his control.
youth of Persia has already this year sent their warm wishes to the
youth of Wales.
has responded well. The children of New South Wales have followed the
example of the country after which their home was named, and are sending
a world message, pledging themselves to do all they can to preserve
harmony and goodwill among all peoples. Western Australia knows the
Message well. New Zealand has broadcast the Message almost from the very
America almost every vessel carrying mail brings letters across the
Atlantic with replies to the Message. The United States will have a
nation-wide broadcast of the Message from its whole range of stations,
covering an area 3,000 miles across, with a population of 12,000,000.
President Roosevelt is expected to speak on the same occasion. The
United States leads the way in the number of replies, and the schools of
Utica, where there is a large Welsh population, never fail to reply.
the Canadian stations have broadcast the Message in the past, while Nova
Scotia will broadcast this message: “From amid those apple blossoms
and from amid our farms and mines, and out over the rockbound shores of
the surrounding sea, we, the boys and girls of Nova Scotia, greet the
children of Wales.”
Patagonia there has been a message in Welsh to the Welsh children.
sends from its many countries numerous replies, and today millions of
children will listen to the broadcast of the Message. Holland, Rumania,
Finland, and Poland, to mention some of the countries only, will
broadcast the Message.
the Norwegian and Danish stations broadcast it, while Czecho-Slovakia
will send it not only in the Czech language, but in the German
language—a praiseworthy gesture of tolerance to German minorities. All
the French stations broadcast the Message simultaneously.
year the President of the Spanish Parliament sent a cable to the Speaker
of the House of Commons asking him to convey to the children of Wales
the congratulations of the children and Parliament of Spain.
came from Sarajevo, Louvain, and from Mons. Dolls arrive from Greece and
other European countries. Italy sends her greetings, while Vienna is the
best city for replying. A Luxemburg school has sent a drawing of the
Welsh Dragon I
has made Goodwill Day into a great international event. Red Cross
organisations throughout the world have also played a big part in this.
some reason the Welsh Message is less known in England than in almost
any other part of the world.
has reached far more millions of people throughout the world than was
ever dreamed of in our imagination until Mr. Gwilym Davies had the
vision to inspire the Message to the world.