horrendous terrorist attacks in the USA have deeply shocked and
saddened us here at IPF´s Head Office and I am sure those feelings
are shared by you and all members of IPF.
doubt there are many people worldwide in IPF who have been severely
affected by the events. We wish to express our sincere condolences to
everyone who has lost a loved one ore had their lives tragically
changed forever as a result of the attacks. Some of you may find that
you have lost valued penfriends. While nothing can ever replace the
people closest to us, may the thought that loved ones and special
friends live in our hearts forever, enrich our spirit and are never
forgotten, bring some comfort at this time of grief and loss.
is a time when we feel so helpless, but also a time when the value of
global friendship is more important than ever. IPF was established in
1967 to help promote world peace through sincere correspondence. To
achieve this goal, IPF opened its doors to people of every country and
during the past 34 years over 1.5 million people agend from 8 years
onwards have joined and played a valuable role in contributing to
world peace through their friendship and letter writing.
times of turmoil we must continue to treat our penfriends and
potential penfriends as individuals and not condemn or discriminate
against entire populations and innocent people. Many people in
troubled lands may truly believe in world peace and freedom. We would
not want any member of IPF, from any part of the world, to hurt
feelings of other members or to treat people badly. We respect that
there may be reasons why writing to some people could be too difficult.
If letters cannot be written in a friendly manner, it is best to
simply not write and to focus on positive friendships.
penfriend hobby gives us all the opportunity to express our thoughts
and feelings in a constructive way. At times like this, writing can
greatly assist in the healing process and letters and e-mails will
help in many ways.
send you our best wishes and may we all contribute to the goal of
uniting the world through friendship.