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Launch of Canberra Rotary Peace Bell in Nara Peace Park
23 Feb 2018 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM AEDT
The Canberra Rotary Peace Bell official launch will be held on-site Friday 23 February 2018 10:30am–12:00noon
at the Canberra Nara Peace Park Flynn Drive Yarralumla ACT.
The Bell, which is made from the melted coins of United Nations member countries, is a significant symbol of peace and has been installed in cities around the world.
From a Rotary perspective, the partnership with the World Peace Bell Association to locate a World Peace Bell within the Canberra Nara Peace Park is a natural extension of
the work of Rotary International. Rotary International work includes Rotary Peace Centres and Peace Fellowships, work through Shelter Box Australia, The Rotary Foundation and work already undertaken by the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Gri in through the annual Canberra Nara Candle Festival. The festival is held each year in the Canberra Nara Peace Park and is an initiative of the Club.
WHAT IS A PEACE BELL
It is a symbol of peace to commemorate lives lost in acts of violence.
It is tolled to call us to unite for peace.
It provides a place of peace and solitude for remembrance.
The First Peace Bell located in New York was donated by the Japanese people. Cast on
24 November 1952, it was an official gift of the Japanese people to the United Nations on 8 June 1954.