Take a stroll for peace
Zonta Club of Hervey Bay will be turning a negative into a positive when they change their mantra “Zonta says no to war” to “Zonta says yes to peace” on Sunday, September 21.
The Club, part of a worldwide organisation of business professionals working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy, invites the whole community to join them on Sunday for the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.
The ladies have planned a Walk for Peace to take place at the Bay foreshore from Scarness Park to Bill Fraser Park at Torquay.
The group will step off at 11am and plans to arrive at Torquay before midday for a time of reflection with one minutes silence and the release of white doves and balloons to coincide with a minute’s silence around the world at noon – local time.
A local artist has been commissioned to create a sand sculpture of a dove, in which participants can leave their white dove flags, provided to every participant at the beginning of the walk.
A banner, created for Zonta by Fraser Coast Anglican College senior, Natasha Riddell, will lead the walk on Sunday.
“With all the unrest going on around the world, it’s important for people to be given an opportunity to find peace within themselves,” she said.
Her mum Claire, the Zonta Club of Hervey Bay vice president, encouraged families to join the walk to open the dialogue with children about finding peace in time of conflict.
“As each person stands up individually and joins the walk, it’s collectively promoting peace,” she said.
“Both men and women have to work together in the home, in school, at work and in life. We can all start here.”
The first International Day of Peace was observed in September 1982 and in 2001, it was unanimously voted to establish September 21 as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invites all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.