On Tuesday 23rd September 2003, the Peace Mala Youth Team was invited to the Chairman’s Room in County Hall Carmarthen to receive a special reception and buffet with members of Carmarthenshire County Council.
Councillor Tegwen Devichand first met the Peace Mala youth team when they gave a presentation in Llanelli Town Hall on International Women’s Day. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Peace Mala ever since. Cllr Devichand notified the council of the excellent work being done by the Peace Mala to encourage friendship and reconciliation in the community. The Cabinet for Life Long Learning and Leisure decided that a reception with the chairman was in order.
Chairman Dilwyn Williams, who has been a councillor for Dinefwr Borough and Carmarthenshire County Council for 11 years, wrote to Pam Evans saying:
“May I congratulate you and the pupils of Coedcae School on your excellent work in connection with the Peace Mala interfaith movement. In order to recognise your achievements I shall be glad if you and your pupils Imran Sheikh, Kelly Anne Thomas, Emily Morris and Paul Rouselle would be kind enough to visit me in my room at the County Hall, Carmarthen at 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday 23rd September 2003, for a small reception.
“I will be accompanied on the day by Cllr Mrs Tegwen Devichand, County Council Member for the Dafen Ward, Lllanelli and Cllr Mary Thomas, Executive and Cabinet Member of Life Long Learning and Leisure.”
Dilwyn Williams later commented to the press, “In my time as chair of the council I have met some fascinating and inspiring people, many of whom have achieved remarkable things. Pam Evans and the youngsters involved with the Peace Mala are responsible for a fantastic project.”