Canberra Rotary Peace Bell Review 2019
and Plans 2020

  • There were 23 Special events conducted at the Canberra Rotary Peace bell during 2019 with over 4132 people attending.

  • The most significant event was the Vigil for Christchurch when approx. 3,000 people attended. The Peace bell was struck 50 times in honour of those killed in Christchurch.

  • Significant Japanese events included a ringing for the Great Eastern Japanese Earthquake and a ringing to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Unfortunately, the planned Candle Festival event did not proceed due to the cancelation of the event.

  • The Chief Minister’s Rotary Peace Prize was again awarded at the World Peace Day event on the 21st This year’s recipient was Robyn Martin from Beryl Women Inc.

  • The second ringing for those Women killed in Australia through Domestic Violence was again held on the 10th December, International Human Rights Day. In 2019 the Peace Bell was rung 53 times for each of those women killed.

  • In addition, the Rotary Club conducted 18 School tours through Lennox Gardens, including visits to the Grove of trees planted by Pen International, Beijing Gardens, Nara Peace park, The Hanoi Friendship Tree, the Chief Minister’s Peace Prize wall finishing at the Peace Bell. Each student attending, all 694, had the opportunity to personally ring the Peace Bell.

  • During 2019 there were 80 posts to the Canberra World Peace Bell Facebook page. The total number of views of those posts was 35,588 or an average of 445 per post.

There is currently a program called Rotary 100 to recognise 100 years of Rotary Service in Australia which is due in April 2021. The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin is offering to see a Peace Pole donated to each School that makes a tour of Lennox Gardens and the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell. So far, we have been speaking with 36 Schools from around Australia. The gaol is to see 100 Peace Poles placed in 100 Schools by 2021. To date 5 ACT Schools have become involved in the program and we would welcome more ACT Schools taking up this opportunity. Schools receiving Peace Poles have ranged from North Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales country and the ACT.

The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin would appreciate assistance for the Japan Earthquake event and also the Hiroshima event from the various groups connected to Japan. Maybe a meeting could be convened to discuss details.

The Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin also would welcome any community group arranging their own events and ringing’s at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell.

Planned events 2020

 

University of Queensland at Peace Bell
8th Sept 2019

 

 

 

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ANU students at Vigil forChristchurch at Peace Bell 18th March 2019

 

The World Peace Bell Association had its beginnings with a donation of the first Peace Bell and housing to the United Nations by Chiyoji Nakagawa in 1954, following the Second World War, as a token of Peace. The United Nations Bell is rung twice a year to mark World Peace day on the 21st September each year and on the opening day of the United Nations general assembly. There are now over twenty Peace Bells located around the World. Peace bells are respected and stand as a symbol where people unite in a prayer for peace and to remind all of the cruelty of war and the preciousness of peace for the generations to come. The bells are mostly made from melted down coins donated through the United Nations.

The location of a World Peace Bell within the Canberra Nara p

Peace Park,  providing a destination point within the Park and allow an expression of good will and peace between the people of Canberra and Australia and the rest of the World.

Developed within Lennox Gardens, the Canberra Nara Peace Park symbolizes the close friendship between Canberra and its sister City Nara in Japan.

The Park is designed to create the feel of a traditional Japanese garden within the surrounds of a Canberra public park. It is also home to a number of significant sculptures and hosts a number of annual events including the Candle Festival.

From a Rotary perspective, the partnership with the World Peace Bell Association in locating a World Peace Bell within the Canberra Nara Peace Park, is a natural extension of the work of Rotary International. Rotary International work includes the Rotary Peace Centers and Peace Fellowships, the work through Shelter Box Australia, the work of The Rotary Foundation and the work already undertaken by the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin through the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival. The Festival is held each year in the Canberra Nara Peace Park and was originally an idea from a former member of the Club.

The development of a World Peace Bell is one of the most ambitious projects undertaken by our Club.

The Canberra World Peace Bell Project –

Nara Park

The Canberra World Peace Bell web site is now live – find it here!

it has its own FaceBook page is here

and its YouTube channel is here